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As the days get colder, Winter Meetings heat up

Rockies news and links for December 10, 2018

Colorado Rockies: Winter Meetings storylines to watch | Rox Pile
Baseball representatives are heading to Las Vegas for the Winter Meetings. The Rockies are looking for big things, as they are coming off back to back playoff appearances. They’ve been building and working out issues, and 2019 could be the culmination of all these attempts. We have to wonder how far Jeff Bridich is willing to go to prepare the team. Other teams have made some moves already, but the Rockies have yet to make any big announcement of plans. So the question becomes where the Rockies will try to fill in holes.

The outfield currently seems well-staffed, with Charlie Blackmon and David Dahl pretty well locked in. Ian Desmond might also see a move to the outfield. However, they may seek a replacement for Gerardo Parra and Carlos González. The team also has to look to fill the hole left by DJ LeMahieu. There are some young players who could step in, like Ryan McMahon, Garrett Hampson, and Brendan Rodgers. We also have to ponder who could play at first base. McMahon has the versatility, and he played there a few times in 2018, with some success.

The big question on a lot of our minds is when we will hear about Nolan Arenado. There are a couple of different things that need to be ironed out, so the Winter Meetings probably will not bring us any real answers there. The Rockies also could possibly make some moves in the catcher position, as well as bolstering up the bullpen again. Hopefully we can see some good news out of the Winter Meetings this year.

Rockies sign pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez to minor league deal | Purple Row

The Rockies have already made one deal at the Winter Meetings, as they inked former first rounder and top 100 prospect Chi Chi Gonzalez to a minor league deal.