Former Rockie Carlos Gonzalez has signed a deal with Cleveland for the 2019 season, the first time he’ll be in a different uniform in ten years. He’ll miss a little bit of time, as he hasn’t played a whole month of spring training, but he’ll probably get there soon. Here’s hoping CarGo can find success in his new home. Another Colorado player moving on is Michael Saunders, who the Rockies released. Despite playing decently, the Rockies just didn’t have the room for him. Following the announcement of Antonio Senzatela’s foot injury, the competition for a rotation spot changes a bit. It looks like the final contenders will be Harrison Musgrave, DJ Johnson, and Carlos Estevez.
Carlos Gonzalez signed a minor league deal with Cleveland, and he will certainly be missed in Denver. David Dahl speaks fondly of the outfielder, who gave him some good tips in the dugout during Dahl’s rookie season. Dahl has ultimately become CarGo’s replacement, but Gonzalez was still encouraging of Dahl and his success. Charlie Blackmon shared the outfield with CarGo and wishes him well with his new team. In other news, Chad Bettis has done well since returning from his finger injury, getting back to his old self. He had been working on a slider in the offseason, but returned to his cutter, which was finding more success. It’s good to see him doing well on the mound once again.
Brendan Rodgers was one of the top three infielders in the 2015 draft, but he has struggled to find his way to the Major Leagues. The Rockies have announced they will send Rodgers to Triple-A for now, falling behind the other two picks. Dansby Swanson and Alex Bregman were the other two picks, and both have found more success than Rodgers in the majors. Bregman has done very well for himself, playing well at third with the Astros. Swanson has struggled within the majors, following a downward trajectory after a decent rookie year. He still has the potential, though, to find his way. Rodgers has fallen behind these two players, but we must remember that he is younger, coming straight out of high school. Despite not hitting it big quite yet, the Rockies are comfortable allowing Rodgers to grow in the minor leagues. If he can continue to grow, he could still be a huge asset to the Rockies.
The Rockies got the win against the Cubs in Sunday’s game, with Chad Bettis pitching well to help. He’s looking like he might get that rotation spot. The Murphy’s showed the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, both Tom and Daniel Murphy getting hits.