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Rockies officially bid adieu to DJ LeMahieu

Rockies news and links for January 12, 2019

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Report: DJ LeMahieu leaves Rockies to join New York Yankees | Mile High Sports
The Rockies officially bid adieu to their second baseman of seven seasons on Friday as DJ LeMahieu signed a 2-year, $24 million deal with the New York Yankees. As Rich Kurtzman of Mile High Sports notes, LeMahieu will reunite with another former Rockies’ infielder in the Bronx, joining shortstop Troy Tulowitzki up the middle. While it hurts to see the loss of a Gold Glove second baseman and fan favorite, the move does provide a clearer path to playing time for Ryan McMahon, Garrett Hampson and Brendan Rodgers. We, of course, wish DJ the best.

An Analysis of Pitch Movement at Coors Field | FanGraphs Community Research
Adam Maahs of FanGraphs’ Community Research explores pitch movements at Coors Field.

Baseball Hall of Fame countdown: Despite Larry Walker’s greatness, Coors Field could affect chances | USA Today
Among USA Today’s voters, Larry Walker came in seventh in their Hall of Famer power rankings, as Steve Gardner writes. While the team at USA Today feels Walker is worthy of induction, they acknowledge that the effects of playing at Coors Field will make it a stretch for him to reach the 75% threshold for induction.

MLB Spent Less On Player Salaries Despite Record Revenues In 2018 | Forbes
Despite pulling in record revenues in 2018, Maury Brown of Forbes reports that Major League Baseball teams spent less on player salaries compared to revenue (54.2%) since 2012. It comes at an interesting time for baseball as Yasmani Grandal recently signed a 1-year, $18.25 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, with many saying he deserved a more lucrative multi-year deal. Top free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are also seeing a shortage of suitors for their services. Relief pitcher Sean Doolittle of the Washington Nationals expressed his thoughts on Twitter.