Finding the man who had only one great season but a huge impact nonetheless.
The Rockies get a couple big-league pitchers, Steve Lombardozzi’s brings back ever-smaller returns, and some backup catchers are employed again.
THe Diamondbacks, Rockies, Dodgers, Giants and Padres are linked in various combinations to James Shields, Yoan Lopez and Dillon Gee.
Marlon Byrd flies to Cincinnati, the Rockies upgrade defensively at catcher, the Cubs add an outfielder, and Manny Banuelos lands in Atlanta after six years in the Yankees system.
Some near-ready impact arms and high-ceiling, low-level bats fill the Rockies system.
Also, Nori Aoki is wandering around with no clear direction or intent; the Rockies want pitching, if you can imagine; and the Red Sox are willing to give up Allen Craig, if you can imagine.
The Royals add another aging bat, the Marlins hope a move to first keeps Morse healthy, the Rockies add bench depth, the Yankees keep some rotation depth, the Cubs and Orioles build pen depth, and a low-risk, but possibly not-so-high-reward arm, lands in San Diego.
The Angels fill the hole left by Howie Kendrick.
Coors Field can make a fantasy asset out of just about any major-league hitter.
“Coors made him much more of a power threat, and if he signs at a more pitcher-friendly ballpark his power could see a natural decline.”
After years of stability, the Rockies finally see a change at the top. But does a promotion from within mean more of the same?
The Diamondbacks fired their GM, while the Rockies extend a horse and the Rangers lose a skipper.
Alex Guerrero finally gets his second at-bat, Taijuan Walker arrives just in time, Joe Saunders’ brand new thing, and the non-prospect who just keeps hitting.
Are injury prone players actually prone to injuries?
An interview with one of the season’s biggest surprises, and a look at the game’s Power/Arm outliers.