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MLB free agency: Rockies ‘look into’ Logan Morrison, reliever market takes shape

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Rockies news and links for December 11, 2017

Free Agency

What are each team’s interests entering Winter Meetings? | Boston Globe
Nick Cafardo reports that the Rockies “have been looking into” Logan Morrison, presumably as a first base option.

Morrison looks like he would be a fine addition. He’s 30 years old and is coming off of a 135 OPS+ season, during which he hit a career high 38 home runs. The lefty has never hit for a high average, but he does know how to work a walk. He’s an above average hitter who could take advantage of the short wall in right field, especially if the league uses the same type of baseball in 2018 as they did in 2017. And he should come at a decent cost as well. MLB Trade Rumors predicts he’ll get a three-year contract worth $36 million.

What do you think about Morrison? There’s a poll at the end of this post.

Heyman | Cubs closing in on deal with Brandon Morrow | FanRag Sports
MLB Trade Rumors predicted that Brandon Morrow would land with the Rockies on a three-year/$24 million deal. If my math is right, that breaks down to $8 million a year. Jon Heyman is reporting that the Cubs have signed Morrow to a contract worth around $10-11 million a year, although the number of years is still unknown.

Cardinals sign Luke Gregerson to 2-year deal | MLB Daily Dish
And in other news about relievers signing for a lot of money, Luke Gregerson is headed to St. Louis on a two-year $11 million contract. If the Rockies want to sign a free agent reliever, it'll be costly. When the offseason started, it looked like role-playing relievers like Tony Watson, Pat Neshek, and Tommie Hunter would get contracts like the one Gregerson just got. They're all better than Gregerson, so expect those other guys to get even larger deals.

On the Rockies

Sunday Notes: Mike Fiers is a Tiger who trusts his stuff | FanGraphs
In a mini follow-up to his conversation with Rockies farm director Zach Wilson about Riley Pint, David Laurila talks to Pint here. It appears that Pint and the Rockies are on the same page. Laurila asked Pint about his underwhelming statistics in Low-A, and Pint replied that he doesn’t “give a crap about the stats.” He continues and says that the most important part of the first years as a pro is adjustment to pitching coaches and the organization.

The Rockies and Pint do seem to be a good fit. And while it’s true that we shouldn’t give a crap about Low-A stats, it’s still easier as a faraway observer to not give a crap about good stats.

BSN Rockies Podcast: Signing Chris Iannetta was actually good
Jake Shapiro talks about the Rockies' acquisition of Chris Iannetta, as well as the departure of the guy they got in exchange for Iannetta, Tyler Chatwood.

Colorado Rockies win by Stanton, Ohtani signing outside division | Rox Pile
In an alternate universe, Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani both ended up on NL West teams, thus terrorizing the Rockies for the next decade. While that universe might have some perks—maybe that’s the one where Larry Walker is in the Hall of Fame—in this universe we can be in awe of these great players while they terrorize the American League.

Winter Meetings and the NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks Winter Meetings preview | AZ Snake Pit
AZ Snake Pit has a nice preview of the Diamondbacks' offseason so far, as well as what the club's needs are as the Winter Meetings begin.

What will define this winter meetings for the Dodgers? | True Blue LA
Eric Stephen takes a look back at what characterized the Dodgers' past two Winter Meetings. It's not really a question of activity with the Dodgers. Instead, it's a matter of intensity and direction.

Poll

Should the Rockies pursue Logan Morrison?

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  • 64%
    Yay
    (149 votes)
  • 35%
    Nay
    (81 votes)
230 votes total Vote Now