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Rockies news and links for Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Catching, ’pen focus for Rox at Winter Meetings | MLB.com

On the Rockies’ list for this year’s Winter Meetings:

  1. Catcher.
  2. Relief pitching (or maybe Tyler Kinley is enough).
  3. Maybe more starting pitching (or maybe Jose Mujica is enough).
  4. Maybe a right-handed hitter (or possibly a left-handed hitter, but a right-handed hitter would be better).
  5. Maybe a veteran to come off the bench (or maybe they’ll just use young guys).

Translation: On the Rockies’ list for this year’s Winter Meetings:

  1. Catcher, maybe.

Jeff Bridich also has some thoughts on your favorite relievers.

On Bryan Shaw: “Bryan was, in certain ways, better this year than he was the year prior, and made some adjustments that helped to a certain degree.”

Translation: Bryan Shaw certainly was a certain amount better in 2019 than he was in 2018.

On Jake McGee: “Jake’s got to figure out a way to do better with inherited runners ... It’s not like we’re relying on Jake to pitch massive amounts of innings when he’s out there.”

Translation: Dude, we’re not asking for that much here. Just maybe don’t let all the runners score.

On Wade Davis: “I have a lot of belief in Wade. This isn’t the first time he’s ever struggled. This is the first time to this degree. But this isn’t the first time that the game has won out a little bit.”

Translation: We’re paying Wade Davis a lot of money, and I realize now that he’s had bad seasons before and maybe that contract was a bad idea, but I’m not actually going to admit that, so there’s not much we can do about it at this point.

Side note: Is anyone else completely incapable of reading/hearing the name Wade Davis without thinking of a cartoon duck?

5 interesting Winter Meeting quotes from Jeff Bridich | Rox Pile

Jeff Bridich said some other stuff to the media on Monday night, and his remarks had a central theme:

Jeff Bridich wants brains.

In a catcher: “We try to thread the needle of defensive abilities, an interest in a brain that works back there and offensive potential.”

Translation: We need a catcher.

In a pitcher who will succeed at Coors: “A lot of it, I think, is what goes on between the ears.”

Translation: Something about “mental toughness.”

In the heads of the owners calling about Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, Charlie Blackmon and German Marquez: “With those guys, we don’t start those conversations.”

Translation: For the love of god, stop writing articles about these “trade rumors.”

In his own head as to how the bullpen will be successful this year without any major changes: “Some of those talented people need to do their jobs.”

Translation: [passes buck]

Rockies trading Nolan Arenado is improbable but not completely out of the question | Denver Post ($)

The Rockies are not trading Nolan Arenado.

Unless someone wants to give up, like, their entire farm system and half their MLB team in return.

On a related note, see Translation #3 under the previous article.

A concerning area of need Colorado should address this offseason | DNVR

It’s pitching.

I know. It was a surprise to me too.

‘A line that’s been crossed’: Astros bashing in vogue as rivals await results of MLB probe | USA Today

At the Winter Meetings, all the cool kids are talking about how the Astros cheated, but they all knew the Astros were cheating before it was cool to know the Astros were cheating.

MLB, MLBPA, Sony extend video game partnership | MLB.com

Do you have an Xbox? Do you want to play MLB The Show? Can you wait until 2021 to do so?

Then good news!