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Could the Rockies be a dark horse candidate to sign Bryce Harper?

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Rockies news and links for November 15, 2018

A Case for Every Team to Sign Bryce Harper | Sports Illustrated
The four teams who are generally expected to be most involved in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes are the Philadelphia Phillies, the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals. Seeing a player with a history of success and an even greater ceiling enter the free agent market at the age of 26 is a rare opportunity for any club, and whoever ends up signing Harper will almost assuredly be giving him the richest contract in baseball history. While the four aforementioned teams may be most likely to bring Harper on board, Jon Tayler of Sports Illustrated notes that there are tiers that exist for the probability of signing Harper.

The Colorado Rockies actually seem to have a better chance at landing Harper than most of the league. After the Phillies, Cubs, Dodgers, Nationals and New York Yankees, the Rockies are a part of the next most likely tier of teams, along with the Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers and Cleveland Indians.

Gray determined to bounce back from 2018 | MLB.com
After taking some much-needed time off to spend with his friends and family to begin the offseason, it’s time to get back to business for Rockies’ starting pitcher Jon Gray. Gray is looking to take some big steps forward in 2019, from maintaining velocity and strength to simply eating more in order to correct the weight loss he suffered a season ago. Gray has made plans to work with Driveline Baseball in January. The analytically-minded facility certainly helped Adam Ottavino over the 2017-2018 offseason, and many other MLB players have also found success there. Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee, who both suffered rough seasons in 2018, have also contacted Driveline, reports Thomas Harding of MLB.com.

The Rockies have a lot of infield prospects | Minor League Ball
At Minor League Ball, AsherFeltman analyzes the many young infielders in the Rockies’ organization. Over the coming years, the presence of Brendan Rodgers, Ryan McMahon, Garrett Hampson, Colton Welker, Ryan Vilade and Tyler Nevin should help make up for DJ LeMahieu’s departure into free agency. Grant Lavigne and Josh Fuentes are two I would add to the list as well.