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Rockies news and links for Monday, May 1, 2017

Olney: Starting pitchers are flooding the market, so who could be traded? | ESPN

Buster Olney is already looking ahead towards potential buyers and sellers, and he listed your Colorado Rockies as the first buyer. The Rockies have plenty of young depth to work with, as Antonio Senzatela and Kyle Freeland have been the two best starters and German Marquez was stellar yesterday, but a veteran presence with playoff experience will be extremely helpful if the Rockies are still in contention come the trade deadline. We also have to consider that there’s a good chance that some of these young starters are on innings limits and the Rockies will have to manage that as well.

Best and worst offseason moves with a month of hindsight | Fan Rag Sports

Ryan Davis at FanRag Sports took a look at ten signings from this offseason after one month of baseball—five good and five bad. When I clicked on this, I figured I’d see Mike Dunn or Greg Holland up in the top five signings, especially considering how the Rockies never attract high-end, free agent pitchers. But lo and behold, the world is still taking shots at the Ian Desmond deal. It was the second deal on the “Worst” list. It’s a bit confounding that it’s there, especially since the Rockies are being docked because he hasn’t played yet. Kind of hard to make a judgement based off an injury and even harder when the team is doing just fine, but that’s none of my business.

Valaika finding his footing with Rockies | MLB.com

Rockies rookie Pat Valaika has been fantastic since his call-up early last week. He had a great September call-up and a stellar spring training and has continued that success, going 5-for-14 with three doubles. He’s had a great resource in his brother Chris, who played in the majors for four seasons on three different teams and is now the Cubs short-season hitting instructor.

Which players’ stone-cold starts should worry you? ($) | ESPN

Unfortunately, Tyler Anderson makes this list, and it’s not unwarranted. Anderson has struggled to keep line drives and fly balls in the ballpark this year despite the weak contact rate staying on line with his 2016 numbers. His situation isn’t as dark as other pitchers on that list, but it’s still something to keep an eye on.

Greg Holland Thriving and Succeeding for the Colorado Rockies | Rox Pile

Another day, another glowing review of Greg Holland’s initial success in a Rockies’ uniform.