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The Colorado Rockies’ Pitching Search Isn’t Dead

December 19th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

Despite leaving clues to the contrary this whole offseason, the Colorado Rockies' search for another starting pitcher isn't dead. Uneventful, but not dead.Thomas Harding has reported that the Rox have targeted four free agent pitchers, although a deal with any would still be a ways away. The four names — Josh Johnson, Aaron Harang, Kevin Correia and Kyle Kendrick — won't blow you away, the team has three solid starters and seems to be content with simply filling out the rotation. All four fit the bill for that purpose.

According to various reports, Johnson is on the verge of re-signing with the San Diego Padres, so he is effectively out. Out as well is Aaron Harang. He had a good 2014 for the Atlanta Braves, pitching over 200 innings, but nearing age 37 and pitching half his games in Coors Field would surely cut into that. He also gives up quite a few homers, something Rockies management is certainly wary of.

The next two guys on the list are the ones who may become Rockies for the 2015 season. Kevin Correia spent last year with the Twins and the Dodgers, posting poor numbers for both. What interests the Rockies in Correia is probably his ground ball rate of 43.58 percent and his career ERA of 4.03 at Coors Field.

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One Reason Why the Colorado Rockies Haven’t Done Anything This Offseason

December 18th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

So far this offseason, the Colorado Rockies have made very little noise. They've acquired relief pitcher Jairo Diaz and signed utility infielder Daniel Descalso. The everyday lineup doesn't need many alterations, but both the starting rotation and bullpen are in desperate need of an upgrade. There are no answers for why the front office hasn't addressed the relievers, but there is a possible answer to why the rotation remains untouched.

Rockies GM Jeff Bridich had said at the onset of the offseason that finding another starting pitcher was imperative. Why, then, have the Rockies done absolutely nothing to the rotation if it was the team's number one goal this winter? The answers floating around out there all tend to skew negative, but what if the answer is actually a positive for the team in 2015 and beyond.

Instead of bringing in outside help to bolster the staff, the Rox may be bringing in reinforcements from within. The four pitchers slated for next year's rotation are Jorge De La Rosa, Jordan Lyles, Jhoulys Chacin and Tyler Matzek. That leaves one slot still needed to be filled, and that spot could be reserved for Eddie Butler.

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Colorado Rockies Trade Chances are Declining

December 17th, 2014 at 7:30 AM
By Joe Lemere

If the Colorado Rockies are looking to improve the pitching staff and not break the bank, they'll probably have to explore the trade market. All of the potential trades that have included the Rockies have either gone bust or were extremely unlikely to happen in the first place.

The latest trade rumor involving the Rox was Justin Morneau to the Miami Marlins. The Marlins were in desperate need of a first baseman, and Morneau fit the bill of what they were looking for to a T. Instead of swinging Justin Morneau for a young pitcher, the Rockies front office once again took a wait and see approach. But the Marlins didn't wait and see, they went out and signed Michael Morse to a two-year, $16 million contract. An opportunity to get better was wasted by management.

The Rox have a very talented and deep outfield, thus the interest of other big league teams in trading for one of them. The big name in the outfield is obviously Carlos Gonzalez, but his injury history and big contract made his trade rather unlikely. Corey Dickerson received a ton of interest at the winter meetings, but management wasn't impressed by an offer enough to consider trading him. Charlie Blackmon was getting some inquiries from the Seattle Mariners, but nothing materialized. Drew Stubbs could have also been a part of a trade to net the Rox a pitcher, but still no moves were made.

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The Colorado Rockies Sign Daniel Descalso

December 17th, 2014 at 4:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

The Colorado Rockies have finally made a splash in the free agent market. Well, it was a ripple, but still, an offseason of inactivity finally has a transaction. The Rockies announced the signing of infielder Daniel Descalso to a two-year, $3.6 million deal. A left-handed backup infielder, it's not a huge signing, but Descalso could become a pivotal cog for the Rox next season.

Daniel Descalso spent the first four plus years of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals. He posted a career batting average of .243 with 10 home runs and 111 RBI for the Redbirds. The introduction of his bat to Coors Field should improve his offensive numbers, but he will surely be backing up the likes of Troy Tulowitzki, Nolan Arenado and DJ LeMahieu, so his offense won't be as important as it was supposed to be for his first few years in St. Louis.

A backup for those players is quite important for the Rockies. Tulowitzki has been injury prone during his career, missing 35 or more games four times in his eight year career. Twice he has failed to play in 100. Arenado missed 50 games in 2014, and the Rox struggled to find a suitable replacement third baseman while he was away. LeMahieu has been one of the most durable players on the team during his tenure in Denver, but a few well-deserved days off wouldn't hurt.

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The Colorado Rockies are Running Out of Options

December 16th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

If the Colorado Rockies had a plan of attack going into the offseason, it's probably in shambles by now. Most of the free agents the Rockies were linked to before the offseason got underway have found new teams, none of them being the Rox. The starting pitching market has all but disappeared for the team in purple and black. Whatever the Rockies are going to do this offseason, they need to do it quickly. Their options have already dwindled into scraps, and if the front office wants to field a competitive team next year, they need to cobble something together this winter.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed two starting pitchers that could have easily called Coors Field home in 2015. In fact, one called it home in 2014. Brett Anderson inked a one-year, $10 million deal with the Dodgers earlier this week. Anderson's big curveball and gritty pitching style should play extremely well at Chavez Ravine if he stays healthy. Brandon McCarthy also signed with the Dodgers, his deal for four years and $48 million. McCarthy earned every dollar of that contract in the second half of last season, but a return to the NL West may not suit him as well as it did Anderson.

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