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Sunday Rockpile: Questions remain unanswered after Rockies Fan Fest

Sunday Rockpile: Questions remain unanswered after Rockies Fan Fest

Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post Colorado Rockies news and links for Sunday, January 26, 2020 Amid Arenado situation, Rox focused on season | MLB.comThe elephant in the room all week has been the drama between Nolan Arenado and Jeff Bridich. It has certainly played out like a melodrama and all we can do is wait to see what the next twist will play out (more on that below). Yesterday was Rockies Fan Fest, which many fans were hoping would help sort things out. However, questions still loom as Arenado was not in attendance due to prior commitments and Bridich and Dick Monfort...
Jan 25, 2020
Saturday Rockpile: The significance of ‘two-year’ in Story’s new contract

Saturday Rockpile: The significance of ‘two-year’ in Story’s new contract

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports Colorado Rockies news and links for Saturday, January 25, 2020 Rockies’ Trevor Story agrees to two-year, $27.5 million contract | The Denver Post Trevor Story will not be headed to an arbitration hearing. The shortstop with two consecutive All-Star appearances gets a hefty salary boost in a two-year extension, and has plenty to smile about as he attends Rockies Fest today. Story will now make $2.25 million more per year than what he initially asked in arbitration, securing his place for the next two seasons in the process. Story filed an arbitration...
Jan 24, 2020
Rockies sign Trevor Story to two-year contract

Rockies sign Trevor Story to two-year contract

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports The deal buys out Story’s final two arbitration years The Colorado Rockies have agreed to a two-year, $27.5 million dollar deal with Trevor Story, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. This buys out the final two years of arbitration for the All-Star shortstop. The Rockies and Story were $750K apart in negotiations for a 2020 contract, with Story filing at $11.5 million and the Rockies offering $10.75 million. MLB Trade Rumors projected Story for an $11.5 million deal, exactly as he filed. Instead, Story will receive an average annual value of $13.75 million and...
Jan 24, 2020
Jeff Bridich created this Nolan Arenado mess

Jeff Bridich created this Nolan Arenado mess

Understanding Bridich’s choices in the context they were made only hurts the Rockies position Less than 12 months ago, on this very website, we declared that Jeff Bridich was a general manager presiding over a golden age of Rockies baseball. His strengths and weaknesses had become clear, but there was enough evidence to say that he had done well because the Rockies were coming off back-to-back playoff appearances and their two most popular stars, Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado, were signed to long-term extensions. Oh, the difference a year can make. The Rockies went from a 91-win...
Jan 24, 2020
PuRP No. 18, Eddy Diaz

PuRP No. 18, Eddy Diaz

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports Colorado’s first amateur free agent signing out of Cuba is quickly making a name for himself 18. Eddy Diaz (224 points, 17 ballots) Eddy Diaz is a trailblazer, representing Colorado’s first amateur free agent signing out of Cuba when he inked a contract for $750K in 2017 as a 17-year-old. From there, Fast Eddy stole our hearts (and 84 bases) with two strong debut years in the Dominican Summer League, then solidified that loving feeling with an excellent stateside debut in Grand Junction in 2019. The 19-year-old middle infielder, who split his time...
Jan 24, 2020
Friday Rockpile: Stop trying to trade away Nolan Arenado

Friday Rockpile: Stop trying to trade away Nolan Arenado

Photo by Matthew Stockman/ Rockies news and links for Friday, January 24, 2020 Kick Rox: Arenado's Still Elite, and Colorado Just Committed Malpractice | Baseball Prospectus ($) Matthew Trueblood has an excellent analysis of Nolan Arenado as a player as well as the context of this situation. First, he re-frames the opt out as a five-year player option, which points to the leverage Arenado has. Then he digs into Nolan's hard-hit rate and aggressive approach to signal that maybe his skillset is already starting to decline. However, BP's Deserved Runs Created (DRC) show that there are other...
Jan 23, 2020
Do Defensive Metrics (and WAR) work at Coors Field?

Do Defensive Metrics (and WAR) work at Coors Field?

Photo by Dustin Bradford/ Defensive metrics underrate Rockies’ outfielders. What does that mean? Ahhh, Coors Field. A beautiful place to watch a game, a wonderful place to hit, and a terrible place to pitch. If you’re a casual baseball fan, that’s probably the extent of your knowledge about the Rockies. Remember the Blake Street Bombers? What a fun group! Didn’t they go to the World Series once? They did! Is [Rockies player] any good? Nah, he’s just a Coors Field creation. If you’re a more discerning baseball fan, you might know something else: Coors Field is an enormous...
Jan 23, 2020
PuRP No. 19, Yonathan Daza

PuRP No. 19, Yonathan Daza

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports Yonathan Daza will likely start 2020 in Triple-A, but should factor into the big leagues when injuries and ineffectiveness arise 19. Yonathan Daza (206 points, 17 ballots) Yonathan Daza has the most tenure of any PuRP on this year’s list by almost three years, having signed out of Venezuela way back in 2010. It took a long time for the righty outfielder to emerge as a notable prospect though, as he didn’t even register any PuRPs votes until the Winter 2014 list. Even after that recognition, it took another four years for Daza to make his first PuRPs list...
Jan 23, 2020
Thursday Rockpile: Arenado: ‘I will not speak on these things anymore’

Thursday Rockpile: Arenado: ‘I will not speak on these things anymore’

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Rockies news and links for Thursday, January 29, 2020 Rockies’ Nolan Arenado putting controversy behind him, says he’s concentrating on baseball | Denver Post ($) On Wednesday night, the Post reported that Nolan Arenado reached out to them with a message that he is done talking about trade rumors and Jeff Bridich after Tuesday’s statements of being disrespected after Bridich announced that the Rockies were not moving forward with any trade proposals for the franchise cornerstone. Nolan is just going to prepare for playing baseball. Here is...
Jan 22, 2020
PuRP No. 20, Antonio Santos

PuRP No. 20, Antonio Santos

Photo by Buck Davidson/MLB Photos via It’s not out of the question that Antonio Santos could make it to the big leagues this year 20. Antonio Santos (154 points, 15 ballots) Antonio Santos represents a late bloomer for the Latin America program. The 23-year-old right-handed Dominican starter was only signed when he was 18 (in 2015), for a $50,000 bonus. Over the last five seasons, he’s slowly worked his way up the minor league ladder to AA and a stint in the AFL this past fall, ultimately leading to a coveted 40-man roster spot. After dominating the DSL in his pro debut, Santos...
Jan 22, 2020
Wednesday Rockpile: This Nolan Arenado (stuff) just got real

Wednesday Rockpile: This Nolan Arenado (stuff) just got real

Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Rockies news and links for Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Well, it’s been another uneventful couple of days for Rockies fans. This is a joke, of course. The (stuff) hit the fan on Monday, and it hasn’t really stopped hitting the fan since then. In case you missed it, here’s how the drama unfolded. Nolan not happy with current situation | MLB.com On Monday, Jeff Bridich told the Denver Post that he was putting the Nolan Arenado trade rumors to rest: “We are going to move forward pretty much as we expected — with Nolan in the purple and...
Jan 21, 2020
Colorado Rockies great Larry Walker is a Hall of Famer

Colorado Rockies great Larry Walker is a Hall of Famer

Photo credit should read KIRK SPEER/AFP via The Rockies great is now a Hall of Famer, opening the door for Todd Helton Heading into Tuesday evenings unveiling of the results of the 2020 BBWAA voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame, two things were certain. Derek Jeter was going to get in, perhaps even unanimously, and Larry Walker was the only other player who had a chance. But the margin between Larry getting in and not getting in was razor-thin, especially after several ballots released on Monday revealed that they had dropped Walker after voting for him in previous years. Those fears...
Jan 21, 2020
Why Nolan Arenado is right to feel betrayed by the Rockies

Why Nolan Arenado is right to feel betrayed by the Rockies

He’s not alone. The Rockies have betrayed fans, too. Last night was an emotional time on #RockiesTwitter following, first, Jeff Bridich’s statement that the Rockies did not plan to trade Nolan Arenado (YEA!!!), and then increasingly clear statements from Arenado that he was unhappy (OH NO...). I was reminded of a Ken Rosenthal article from March 2019 in which he recounted the behind-the-scenes action of the Arenado contract extension. Two passages stayed with me. First, this one: Arenado understood the Rockies might think he was waiting on Harper and Machado to set the market, simply...
Jan 21, 2020
Baseball Hall of Fame: Community ballot selects 2, including Larry Walker

Baseball Hall of Fame: Community ballot selects 2, including Larry Walker

#WalkerHOF is a reality in this community The first Hall of Fame class of the new decade will be announced very soon. Derek Jeter appears set to become the second unanimous inductee behind fellow Yankee Mariano Rivera (2019). Curt Schilling and Larry Walker appear to be on the cusp if all goes according to plan. It’s also interesting to note that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are making strides in the eyes of voters, so maybe we’ll see them in Cooperstown soon. A week ago, we published our annual community ballot. 261 Purple Row voters cast their votes and selected two players — Derek...
Jan 21, 2020
Baseball Hall of Fame: 2020 results announced tonight

Baseball Hall of Fame: 2020 results announced tonight

Photo by Ronald C. Modra/ Will Larry Walker be inducted in his final year of eligibility? The 2020 class of the Baseball Hall of Fame will officially be announced on MLB Network at 4 PM MT. This will be Larry Walker’s 10th and final year on the ballot and whether or not he will be inducted looks to be coming down to the wire. Where Larry Walker Stands At press time, Walker has received 83.5 percent of the vote on public ballots, according to Ryan Thibodaux’s tracker. Private ballots are notoriously “small Hall,” which is why Nathaniel Rakich’s projection system has Walker...