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Rockies news and links for December 15, 2017

Kiszla: With hot stove at a simmer, Rockies need to sign Carlos Santana or another big bat | The Denver Post
"A big bat is not a luxury, It's a necessity." Those are some of the final words of Mark Kiszla’s argument that the Rockies’ offseason will remain incomplete unless they add a bat. While the two signings and rumors this week felt like a flurry, if they follow through and re-sign Greg Holland all it would really mean is that Bryan Shaw is added to the same bullpen the Rockies had in 2017. He’d essentially be full-season Pat Neshek. It’s hard to argue with the moves, but bringing back the same players isn’t necessarily an improvement. It’s more like losing a five dollar bill in your spring jacket and finding it again once April comes around.

Carlos Santana would be a true offensive upgrade, and the offense was a major problem for the team for much of 2017. The Rockies have been active, but there are still free agents available who can help the team get better.

We’ll have more about the Rockies’ unfinished business later this morning.

Rockies offseason to-do list might include Greg Holland and a first baseman | Denver Post
And speaking of Santana, Patrick Saunders writes that Cleveland has offered him a three-year contract worth $36 million. He also reports that "as many as six teams have shown interest in him." If the Rockies are serious about Santana, they'll have to show it with both money and years.

MLB offseason 2017: Updating the Rockies current salary and roster | Purple Row
The Rockies have spent some money already this offseason, but because of big contracts coming off the books, they have some money to work with to bring on more free agents. The only trick now is that any new addition will mean someone on the current 40-man roster will lose his spot.

BSN Rockies Podcast: Bullpen-A-Palooza!
Drew Creasman talks about the Rockies' bullpen addition of Bryan Shaw to the bullpen, as well as the return of Jake McGee.

Kiszla: With hot stove at a simmer, Rockies need to sign Carlos Santana or another big bat | The Denver Post
I agree, Mark Kiszla, the Rockies should sign Carlos Santana to play first base. He sums it up well: "A big bat is not a luxury, It's a necessity."

Rox pluck hometown lefty in Triple-A Rule 5 | Rockies.com
The Rockies selected 26-year-old Mitch Horacek from the Orioles in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft yesterday. The left-handed reliever went to Thunder Ridge High School in Highlands Ranch. In order to keep him in the organization, the Rockies would need to keep Horacek in Triple-A for the 2018 season.

In other Rule 5 news, the Rockies lost right-hander Julian Fernandez to the Giants.

BSN Rockies Podcast: Bullpen-A-Palooza!
Drew Creasman talks about the Rockies' bullpen addition of Bryan Shaw to the bullpen, as well as the return of Jake McGee.

MLB offseason 2017: Updating the Rockies current salary and roster | Purple Row
The Rockies have spent some money already this offseason, but because of big contracts coming off the books, they have some money to work with to bring on more free agents. The only trick now is that any new addition will mean someone on the current 40-man roster will lose his spot.

The Giants are interested in Todd Frazier | McCovey Chronicles
The Giants missed out on Giancarlo Stanton, but they are rumored to be in on other trade targets and free agents. Here, Grant Brisbee looks at Todd Frazier as a potential fit in San Francisco.