Colorado Rockies news, rumors and injuries
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:10:07 -0800
Colorado Rockies RPs Jake McGee, Jason Motte, Chad Qualls and Adam Ottavino (elbow) are all candidates to pitch in the ninth inning, according to bullpen coach Darren Holmes. Holmes noted the bullpen will focus on retiring hitters at critical times and not predetermined roles.
Fantasy Tip: Bullpen by committees are a hassle for fantasy owners, and given the home venue in this discussion, the fantasy value is low for all four arms in the majority of leagues. However, it is also Friday, Feb. 5, so a lot can change before the season starts, and a full-time closer could emerge at some point. For the time being, though, proceed with caution when approaching this bullpen. Ottavino has the lowest value because he'll be for the majority of the first half of the season following Tommy John surgery last year.
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 17:38:49 -0800
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez could see action at first base during spring training, although the team does not have plans to move him to the position on a full-time basis for now. "CarGo at first base is something we've talked about introducing a little bit this spring, but it's more of a potential longterm outlook," manager Walt Weiss said.
Fantasy Tip: Gonzalez hit .271 with 40 home runs and 97 RBIs in 153 regular-season games in 2015. He should be viewed as a high-end No. 2 outfielder in mixed fantasy formats as long as he's playing his home games in Denver. For the time being, Ben Paulsen and Mark Reynolds will split time at first base for the Rockies, with both players having little value outside of NL-only leagues.
Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:23:12 -0800
Colorado Rockies OF Gerardo Parra will be left with a starting spot to win in the outfield after the Rockies traded OF Corey Dickerson to the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, Jan. 28. Parra can play left with OF Charlie Blackmon in center field and OF Carlos Gonzalez in right. OF Brandon Barnes will be the fourth outfielder and fill in everywhere.
Fantasy Tip: Parra had career highs in batting average (.291), home runs (14) and runs (83) last year with the Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles. Coors Field was the best possible landing spot for him, and now he's in a starting role. He could improve on his solid 2015 season with the Rockies, and he should be a target in the later rounds of all mixed leagues.
Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:00:23 -0800
Colorado Rockies RP Jake McGee will make $4.8 million in 2016 with one year of arbitration left before he's eligible for free agency, so the Rockies could elect to trade him this summer or next offseason.
Fantasy Tip: McGee's fantasy value is boosted big time, as he's now expected to close for Colorado. Despite pitching in one of the best hitting environments now in Coors Field and for a team not expected to contend, McGee has the tools to become a top-15 fantasy closer in 2016.
Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:45:54 -0800
Fantasy Tip: McGee has always had closer stuff, and now he should be expected to serve as the Rockies No. 1 fireman in the ninth inning. Before this, the Rockies were expected to use Jason Motte and/or Chad Qualls, so McGee is certainly an upgrade. Don't worry so much about the hitter's paradise of Coors Field. McGee has the tools to succeed in this role and can be a top-15 fantasy closer now.
Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:58:04 -0800
Fantasy Tip: With the fantasy boost Coors Field provides next to Blackmon's own hitting ability, he is a serious fantasy force to target after the top talents come off the board on draft day. He is a rare five-category contributor, and even if his power numbers drop a touch, his speed will pay the fantasy bills, and there is upside for a 20-40 season.
Fri, 22 Jan 2016 16:09:39 -0800
Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa (Achilles') is finally healthy and pain-free after being shut down with an Achilles' injury in mid-September last year. De La Rosa turns 35 on April 5 and leads the Rockies career lists in wins (78) and strikeouts (877).
Fantasy Tip: De La Rosa has had some pretty painful seasons in his career, both with injuries and performance. A 35-year-old arm pitching home games at hitter-friendly Coors Field should scare everyone away, except as a warm body in deep NL-only leagues.
Thu, 21 Jan 2016 13:16:57 -0800
Fantasy Tip: While Gallardo won 13 games with a 3.42 ERA last season, he returned a worrisome 5.9 K/9 and 1.35 WHIP. A move to Coors Field couldn't be spun positively, either. View him as a potential late-round grab in deep mixed and single-universe leagues, and a potential spot start option in favorable matchups at FantasyScore and in the majority of yearly formats.
Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:25:23 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Parra could have a career year in Coors Field if enough playing time is available, which it should be at that salary. He's an OF4 to target later in drafts.
Sun, 17 Jan 2016 08:07:10 -0800
Fantasy Tip: The 26-year-old LeMahieu hit .301 with six home runs, 61 RBIs and 23 steals in 150 games last season while making the All-Star team for the first time in his career. He is one of the better options available at the keystone position and should be selected in the middle rounds of all fantasy formats.
Sun, 17 Jan 2016 07:29:23 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Blackmon hit .287 with 17 home runs, 58 RBIs and 43 steals in 157 games last season. His combination of power and speed, along with the ability to hit for a high average, means he should be drafted in the early rounds of all fantasy formats.
Fri, 15 Jan 2016 13:28:37 -0800
Fantasy Tip: The Rockies outfield is crowded since the addition of Gerardo Parra, and Gonzalez has been the subject of trade rumors for prolonged period of time. Fantasy players will want to stay tuned over the coming weeks because a relocation away from Coors Field would be a blow and potentially a significant blow to his fantasy stats. Assuming Gonzalez sticks with Colorado, he is a high-end No. 2 outfielder for your team and worth targeting in the early middle rounds.
Fri, 15 Jan 2016 11:09:11 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Arenado could be the top 3B option after his .287-42-130 breakout last year.
Fri, 15 Jan 2016 07:41:55 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Reyes could be facing a suspension, which haunts his fantasy value alongside him aging at 32. He's still a midrange SS option at a weaker position than in recent years.
Wed, 13 Jan 2016 17:08:03 -0800
The Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and St. Louis Cardinals are among the teams that have expressed interest in Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez this offseason, according to multiple sources. In addition, the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals contacted the Rockies about Gonzalez, although they are unlikely to pursue him now that they have signed outfielders in free agency.
Fantasy Tip: In 153 games last season, Gonzalez hit .271 with 40 home runs and 97 RBIs, although he benefitted greatly from playing his home games at Coors Field. Despite having nearly the same number of at-bats on the road (303 away vs. 305 at home), Gonzalez had eight fewer home runs, 25 fewer RBIs and a batting average that was 56 points lower away from Denver. That being said, he should still be one of the first outfielders drafted in all fantasy formats.
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