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The Denver Post Mar 6, 2019
Rockies Mailbag: Nolan Arenado’s deal has full no-trade clause, second base job up for grabs, Todd Helton update and more

Rockies Mailbag: Nolan Arenado’s deal has full no-trade clause, second base job up for grabs, Todd Helton update and more

Denver Post sports writer Patrick Saunders posts his Rockies Mailbag every other week on Tuesdays during the season and once per month during the offseason.
Purple Row Mar 5, 2019
Why the Rockies’ ‘experiment’ batting Nolan Arenado 2nd matters

Why the Rockies’ ‘experiment’ batting Nolan Arenado 2nd matters

Lineup optimization is less important than player buy-in Nolan Arenado has been hitting second in the majority of the Rockies’ Spring Training games, and that has brought lineup optimization back into focus. This is a topic I used to think about a lot even though, as I wrote back in 2015, batting order “doesn’t really matter.” A fully optimized lineup maxes out at a dozen or so runs and maybe two wins over the course of a season (if everything breaks just right). The commonly accepted optimal lineup looks like this: Highest OBP Best hitter Fifth best hitter Best hitter with...
Purple Row Mar 5, 2019
Tuesday Rockpile: What can Nolan Arenado do hitting second?

Tuesday Rockpile: What can Nolan Arenado do hitting second?

Rockies news and links for March 5, 2019 Colorado Rockies: Here’s why Nolan Arenado batting second is good | Rox Pile In spring training, the Rockies are trying out having Nolan Arenado bat second. While this might seem like a small adjustment, batting order can affect the season, sometimes impacting one to four wins. Charlie Blackmon led off much of last year, and that seemed to have an impact on getting the Rockies to the playoffs. Arenado is arguably the best hitter the Rockies have, so he could really succeed hitting second. Arenado’s willing to do whatever his team needs, so he’s...
Rox Pile Mar 4, 2019

Colorado Rockies: Ryan McMahon’s hot streak making a statement

Surprise, Arizona — Ryan McMahon is competing for the starting Colorado Rockies second base job this spring. Right now, he is doing plenty to show just why the job should be his. Starting at third base with Nolan Arenado working back at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Ryan McMahon went 2-for-3 on Monday afternoon […] Colorado Rockies: Ryan McMahon’s hot streak making a statement - Rox Pile - Rox Pile - A Colorado Rockies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Rox Pile Mar 4, 2019

Colorado Rockies: Here’s why Nolan Arenado batting second is good

The Colorado Rockies are trying something new early on this spring training. Superstar Nolan Arenado has been batting second in Bud Black’s batting order. In a singular game over 162 games, batting orders aren’t sometime to get mad online about. Though, over a full Major League Baseball season an optimized lineup could add up to […] Colorado Rockies: Here’s why Nolan Arenado batting second is good - Rox Pile - Rox Pile - A Colorado Rockies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Purple Row Mar 4, 2019
Will Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado opt out after the 2021 season?

Will Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado opt out after the 2021 season?

Here’s what will go in to that future decision Nolan Arenado signed one of two contracts with the Colorado Rockies last week. He either A) signed an eight year contract worth $260 million, keeping him in Colorado through 2026, his age 35 season, or he B) agreed to a three-year contract worth $96 million, which will make him a free agent at 30 after the 2021 season. Which contract it ends up being will depend on whether or not Arenado exercises his opt-out clause. Now’s as good of a time as any to ask the question that will most definitely be asked a lot over the next few years:...
The Denver Post Mar 3, 2019
Rockies Recap: Pat Valaika hits two homers, Nolan Arenado one in rout of Giants

Rockies Recap: Pat Valaika hits two homers, Nolan Arenado one in rout of Giants

Nolan Arenado, who continues to bat second in the order in an experiment that could continue into the regular season, ripped his second home run of spring
Tampa Bay Times Mar 2, 2019
The move Blake Snell wants the Rays to make

The move Blake Snell wants the Rays to make

PORT CHARLOTTE - Seeing all the money being thrown recently seems to have empowered Rays Cy Young award winner Blake Snell to think aloud more.The Padres signed Manny Machado. The Rockies re-upped with Nolan Arenado. The Phillies,
The Denver Post Mar 2, 2019
Kickin’ it with Kiz: Would anything less than a championship make Nolan Arenado a $260 million mistake for the Rockies?

Kickin’ it with Kiz: Would anything less than a championship make Nolan Arenado a $260 million mistake for the Rockies?

At $260 million, Nolan Arenado’s contract averages out to $8 per game for every seat sold at Coors Field over the next eight years. If the Rockies don’t win a World Series, it will be the biggest mistake in franchise history.
Halos Heaven Mar 2, 2019
What the Harper, Machado and Arenado Contracts Mean for Mike Trout

What the Harper, Machado and Arenado Contracts Mean for Mike Trout

How do these three lucrative deals impact Trout’s potentially record-breaking contract? Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies just agreed upon the largest contract in North American sports history, a deal that will pay Harper $330 million over the next 13 years. This came just days after Nolan Arenado signed an eight year, $260 million extension with the Colorado Rockies, which came a week after Manny Machado signed a 10 year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres. In a matter of nine days, three of baseball’s best young players signed lucrative long-term deals that will...
The Denver Post Mar 2, 2019
Saunders: Comparing Rockies’ Nolan Arenado and Phillies’ Bryce Harper

Saunders: Comparing Rockies’ Nolan Arenado and Phillies’ Bryce Harper

Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado vs. Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper: What's your call?
Call to the Pen Mar 2, 2019

Colorado Rockies: Looking for the next extension candidate

The Colorado Rockies locked up Nolan Arenado with an eight year extension on Tuesday. Who might be the next candidate for an extension with the franchise? The Colorado Rockies and Nolan Arenado had a mutual interest in getting an extension done. Given the status of free agency, and the length of time it has taken for […] Colorado Rockies: Looking for the next extension candidate - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Purple Row Mar 2, 2019
Saturday Rockpile: Nolan in the Deep

Saturday Rockpile: Nolan in the Deep

Rockies news and links for March 2, 2019 Kind of a Big Deal Nolan Arenado set a new bar for sports contracts in Denver, but is he among the best values in town? | The Athletic ($)Nolan Arenado’s eight-year, $260 million contract adds up to an average annual value of $32.5 million. That makes him the highest paid position player in baseball history. Only starting pitcher Zack Greinke makes more per year. The Athletic’s group of Denver writers from the Colorado Rockies, Colorado Avalanche, Denver Broncos and Denver Nuggets gathered to compare how much of a value Arenado’s contract is...
Rox Pile Mar 2, 2019

Blake Street Ball: How Arenado’s contract impacts the Colorado Rockies, NL West

Colorado Rockies General Manager Jeff Bridich has watched Nolan Arenado develop from a chubby kid drafted out of  El Torro High School ten years ago, into one of the most acclaimed players in the sport. And now, thanks to him and the Rockies ownership coming to an agreement with Arenado for an eight-year $260 million contract, […] Blake Street Ball: How Arenado’s contract impacts the Colorado Rockies, NL West - Rox Pile - Rox Pile - A Colorado Rockies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
DodgerBlue.com Mar 1, 2019
Dave Roberts Speaks Highly Of Nolan Arenado’s Contract Extension With Rockies, Deems Matters For Dodgers ‘A Lot Tougher’

Dave Roberts Speaks Highly Of Nolan Arenado’s Contract Extension With Rockies, Deems Matters For Dodgers ‘A Lot Tougher’

If the Los Angeles Dodgers wanted to preserve their financial power for a 2020 free agency spending spree, their plans took a big...

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