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Opening Day rosters are taking shape and also we’re still talking about trading Nolan Arenado

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Rockies news and links for Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Who will be on Colorado’s Opening Day roster? | MLB.com

I know it doesn’t seem like it right now, but someday there will be baseball again. I promise.

Let’s take a look at who might be on the roster when this happens.

This article suggests there are 24 locks to make the roster, including:

C: Tony Wolters, Drew Butera (or possibly Elias Diaz)

INF (5): Daniel Murphy, Ryan McMahon, Trevor Story, Nolan Arenado, Garrett Hampson

OF (4): Charlie Blackmon, David Dahl, Ian Desmond, Raimel Tapia

SP (3): Kyle Freeland, German Marquez, Jon Gray

RP (7): Scott Oberg, Wade Davis, Jairo Diaz, Carlos Estevez, Yency Almonte, Jake McGee*, Bryan Shaw*

P (3): Antonio Senzatela**, Jeff Hoffman**, Chi Chi Gonzalez**

*The article lists McGee and Shaw as “possibilities” because some people are holding onto the belief that the Rockies could actually trade them. Apparently I’m a pessimist.

**Senzatela, Hoffman and Gonzalez are out of options, so while none of them is technically a lock for the roster, it seems likely that two will begin the season in the rotation, and the other will be the long reliever.

Noticeably absent are Peter Lambert and Tim Melville, but given that the Rockies are at 13 pitchers already, these two may begin the season in Albuquerque.

With just two roster spots available, options include Brendan Rodgers, Sam Hilliard, Josh Fuentes and Yonathan Daza, as well as the Rockies’ big free agent signings Chris Owings, Eric Stamets and Kelby Tomlinson.

Rockies latest additions could factor on 40-man roster | DNVR ($)

The Rockies signed a bunch of minor leaguers recently. Chances are some of these minor leaguers will make the 40-man roster.

Player Profiles 2020: Colorado Rockies Starting Pitchers | Pitcher List

This guy really doesn’t think highly of the Rockies starters. He describes their fastballs as mediocre (Senzatela), pedestrian (Gonzalez) and horrid (Gray). He also believes there’s “little reason to bank on the return” of Freeland. And I thought I was a pessimist.

This article also gives the starters some “fun” nicknames. Here are the Rockies’ top three starters (see if you can guess who is who):

No, The Other Gray

Murica

The Foreigner

He also refers to Peter Lambert as White Fleece, which I’ll admit I don’t get unless it’s a reference to Lambert the Sheepish Lion, which is an extremely dated reference and also wrong.

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And because this offseason hates us, here’s a roundup of the most recent Nolan Arenado “trade rumors.”

MLB superstar trades, sign-stealing punishment and more: Passan answers 20 questions for 2020 | ESPN

“Sources” say the Cubs and Cardinals are “intriguing” to the Rockies. Here are the suggested offers:

Cubs: Willson Contreras and an expensive but underperforming player.

Counterpoint: This scenario has not been seriously discussed. Also, it doesn’t really make sense.

Cardinals: Dexter Fowler, maybe Matt Carpenter.

Counterpoint: Nolan is unlikely to opt out for the Cardinals.

Blockbuster Nolan Arenado trade proposal for Giants, Rockies | Around the Foghorn

Giants: Heliot Ramos, maybe. Some other prospects, definitely.

Counterpoint: Nolan also seems unlikely to opt out for the Giants because they’re not great right now and, in Nolan’s own words, “As a Colorado Rockie through and through, I still don’t like the Giants at all.”

Sources: Rangers re-engage in talks with free agent prospect Nicholas Castellanos | The Dallas Morning News

Rangers: At least one major league-ready everyday player.

Counterpoint: The Rangers don’t have at least one major league-ready everyday player to trade.

Why a possible Nolan Arenado acquisition is legitimate | Elite Sports NY

Yankees: Miguel Andujar, J.A. Happ, at least three prospects (likely Luis Gil, Josh Breaux and Garrett Whitlock)

Counterpoint: I’m so tired, you guys.

So what do you think?

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