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Rockies news and links for February 4, 2019

Saunders: Ian Desmond and Rockies’ other big-money players must deliver big in 2019 | Denver Post ($)

Spring training will be a time for the Rockies’ young prospects to show what they can bring to the table. When it comes to Opening Day, though, the pressure will be on the veteran stars to prove themselves. Nolan Arenado, Ian Desmond, and Charlie Blackmon are the biggest earners on the team, and they will each have to show that they are worth their paycheck. Arenado just broke a record with his arbitration, and it’s time for him to show that he can be the Rockies star. Blackmon has to get healthy after his hamstring injury last year. Wade Davis needs to show serious improvement after a disappointing season. Ian Desmond must do a lot more to earn his keep with the team. 2019 will be the time for these players to show what they’ve got.

Colorado Rockies Quick Hits: Marquez, Monfort, Arenado, CarGo | Rox Pile

German Marquez is getting some much deserved recognition after a solid 2018. As the Rockies enter 2019, and they have the combination of Marquez and Kyle Freeland, things are looking very good in Colorado. Rockies owner, chairman, and CEO Dick Monfort has expressed optimism about signing a long term deal with Nolan Arenado. Thomas Harding of MLB.com has claimed that a reunion with Carlos Gonzalez is not terribly likely, as there are serious contenders for the outfield that already exist for the Rockies.

Why the Colorado Rockies are ruining their chance to keep Nolan Arenado | Rox Pile

Arbitration is a bit of a difficult thing for players and teams to go through. It runs the risk of creating tension between the star, Nolan Arenado, and the team. While it’s good news that an agreement was reached, it’s still overall a letdown of an offseason, with not very much getting accomplished. It’s going to be a tough conversation moving forward with working toward a long-term deal with Nolan Arenado.