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Rockies news and links for April 1, 2017

Rockies inching closer to finalizing roster | MLB.com

While the focus has been on the exciting battle for the final spots in the starting rotation, the Rockies were also faced with decisions about how to fill out their bench. Thomas Harding reports that Cristhian Adames and Stephen Cardullo got the nod over Pat Valaika and Chris Denorfia.

Manager Bud Black spoke specifically about Adames, who held onto a spot despite a rough showing this week. Yes, it was because of his versatility, so check Adames off your versatility bingo card.

The Rockies also announced that Scott Oberg beat Jason Motte out for a spot in the bullpen. In turn, the team designated Motte for assignment.

Colorado Rockies: 5 Bold Predictions for the 2017 Season | Roxpile.com

Kevin Henry offers predictions about individual and team accomplishments this year. Yes, they are bold now, but if things click like the team is hoping they do, we might just see one or more of these predictions come true.

The Colorado Rockies, more heavily invested in pitching, believe they can compete in the NL West | Los Angeles Times

Bill Shaikin writes about the team’s commitment to focusing on quality over any other factors as they have built the young pitching staff that might lead this team to the playoffs. Among many interesting nuggets, Shaikin writes about how the organization has changed its view on the use of breaking balls.

We asked the people: Is that an MLB relief pitcher or a dude in a band? | Big League Stew

Would you recognize Mike Dunn without his cap on? Would you honestly recognize him with his cap on? That’s the premise for a fun video here, as Mike Oz pulls up pictures of bearded gentlemen and asks fan to say whether it’s a reliever or a dude in a band.