Yesterday was the first deadline of the offseason as teams had to extend qualifying offers by 3 pm MT. If you want to see the all of the upcoming deadlines be sure to check out our offseason calendar. The BBWAA also announced the finalists for their slew of awards and combined it made it the first busy day of the offseason for Rockies news.
Rockies make qualifying offer to Greg Holland; what that means and other transaction news | BSNDenver
While there was some rumblings that the Rockies may also extend the qualifying offer to Carlos Gonzalez as well as Greg Holland, the Rockies took the more conservative approach. They weren’t the only ones, as only nine players received qualifying offers from their former teams.
The Complete list of those receiving qualifying offers was:
Lance Lynn, SP, Cardinals
Jake Arrieta, SP, Cubs
Wade Davis, RP, Cubs
Carlos Santana, 1B, Indians
Alex Cobb, SP, Rays
Greg Holland, RP, Rockies
Eric Hosmer, 1B, Royals
Lorenzo Cain, OF, Royals
Mike Moustakas, 3B, Royals
With the new rules put in place in the last CBA negotiations, the Rockies will still receive a draft pick if Holland signs with another team. The pick will be either immediately following the first round if Holland signs a deal with over $50M in guarantees or after the comp B round and immediately before the third round if the guarantees are under $50M
The Rockies made two other minor transactions yesterday as well. Moving Jairo Diaz to the 40-man roster was a formality as teams can’t carry anyone on the 60-day DL in the offseason. Adding Noel Cuevas to the 40-man DL might seem like an odd move as well, but it prevents him from becoming a milb free agent and extends the Rockies control of him.
Rockies' Bud Black named manager of the year finalist, Charlie Blackmon, Nolan Arenado snubbed for MVP | Denver Post
As mentioned earlier, the BBWAA announced their finalists for MVP, Cy Young, Manager of the Year and Rookie of the Year yesterday. Surprisingly only one Rockie made the finalist list for any of those awards, Bud Black.
While it’s easy to applaud that the writers may have finally moved to a strictly statistical basis from MVP and thus are ignoring the idea that a player has to be on a playoff team to win the award, I have my doubts that that’s actually happened. That narrative has been too strong for decades for it to suddenly disappear after only a single season. Instead it appears the the bias against Coors Field hitters is stronger than the bias against players from non-playoff teams and that’s a sad thing for Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon.
If you need any more proof that advanced stats aren’t the sole reason for these finalist all you need to do is look at the list of NL RotY finalist as Josh Bell made the RotY finalist list over the Rockies much more deserving rookie pitchers.
Thomas Harding is usually more in the know when it comes to Rockies thinking than anyone else and so when he says that Eric Hosmer is at the top of the Rockies wish list it’s worth noting.
BSNDenver shares some quotes from immediately after the Rockies loss in the Wild Card game. Unsurprisingly, the players want the Rockies to bring everyone back.