CarGo takes swings, brings holiday joy

CarGo takes swings, brings holiday joy

DENVER -- Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has offered some baseball-related holiday cheer on social media.

In posts Tuesday on Instagram and Wednesday on Facebook, Gonzalez announced that he has finally been allowed to practice hitting for the first time since undergoing surgery in August to repair the patella tendon in his left knee. Problems in the knee bothered him for well more than a year before he finally underwent the procedure, performed by Dr. Tom Hackett in Frisco, Colo., on Aug. 18.

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Bernadina set to join Rockies on Minor League deal

Bernadina set to join Rockies on Minor League deal

The Rockies have reportedly signed outfielder Roger Bernadina to a Minor League deal, according to Baseball America. The club has not confirmed the report.

Bernadina, 30, appeared in 53 games with the Reds and the Dodgers last season, batting just .167 with a homer, nine RBIs and two stolen bases.

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At holidays, Dickerson has much to appreciate

Rockies outfielder will spend time with his wife and newborn son

At holidays, Dickerson has much to appreciate

DENVER -- If you judge by the transaction wire that day, April 7 would seem to be the worst day in Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson's 2014. Here's the summation: Optioned OF Corey Dickerson to Colorado Springs (PCL). Reinstated LHP Boone Logan from 15-day DL.

But Dickerson's Twitter feed, @MCoreyDickerson, told a happier story -- a picture taken that day of Dickerson and his wife, Beth Anne, in the Coors Field dugout with the ultrasound to announce the coming birth of their first child. Nothing could take away their celebratory spirit.

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Bernie Pleskoff

Gray among Pleskoff's top 10 prospects

Former scout takes a look at baseball's future stars with a breakdown of the best in the game

Gray among Pleskoff's top 10 prospects

It is always difficult to rank prospects. Why is pitcher X better than hitter X in the rankings? The results are in the eyes of the person compiling the lists. That's exactly why multiple scouts or player evaluation professionals may have different rankings. Prospects are just that -- prospects. The truth of their ability will come between the foul lines of big league ballparks.

Given the landscape of individual difference, I offer my own 2015 Top 10 Prospects list. For me, each has the upside of an impact player.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tulo focusing on rehab, not trade rumors

Shortstop aims to be ready for Opening Day after hip surgery

Tulo focusing on rehab, not trade rumors

DENVER -- Keeping up with Hot Stove activity is secondary to getting healthy for Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki -- even though he is the subject of prominent rumors.

"I'm keeping up but I'm not worrying about it," Tulowitzki said from his Las Vegas home Sunday night. "I'm just doing my rehab and want to get back on the field. That's my main focus."

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Tracy Ringolsby

Bridich taking measured approach to offseason

Rox willing to listen on Tulo, CarGo, but not intent on shakeup

Bridich taking measured approach to offseason

There's temptation for Rockies first-year general manager Jeff Bridich.

He sees the two-time defending NL West champion Dodgers revamping their lineup, improving their defense up the middle and bringing in veteran depth for the rotation.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sources: Rockies, Mets not actively talking Tulo

While NY is reportedly interested in shortstop, no deal is close

Sources: Rockies, Mets not actively talking Tulo

DENVER -- For the last six months, the pattern has been that a report would surface saying the Mets are trying to acquire shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the Rockies, and the Rockies are asking for the world. Then all turns quiet until the next report surfaces.

Friday followed the same pattern. CBSSports.com reported that the teams are "quietly discussing" the possible deal, but went on to say talks are "in the early stages with several hurdles to go." Two sources with knowledge of the situation insisted to MLB.com that the teams aren't in active discussions.

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GM Hawkins? Righty has post-career plans

Pitcher, who will retire after '15, is interested in how teams are built

GM Hawkins? Righty has post-career plans

DENVER -- As he enters his 21st and final season in the Majors, Rockies right-hander LaTroy Hawkins realizes he has seen just a "small piece" of the sport he loves. When he takes off the uniform for the final time, he plans on delving into the rest.

Hawkins, who will turn 42 years old on Sunday, has designs on working in a club's front office, and can see being a general manager as a possible destination.

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Rockies targeting veteran righties for rotation

Rockies targeting veteran righties for rotation

DENVER -- The Rockies' exploration for veteran pitching has them kicking the tires on several free agents.

Righties Kevin Correia, Aaron Harang, Josh Johnson and Kyle Kendrick are believed to be four of many available free agents with whom the Rockies have made initial contact and are monitoring this offseason. The Rockies' interest in Kendrick was first reported by ESPN on Thursday.

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Rox shut down Ynoa from winter ball to rest for spring

Infielder among hottest hitters in Dominican

Rox shut down Ynoa from winter ball to rest for spring

DENVER -- The Rockies have asked infielder Rafael Ynoa to end his participation in the Dominican Winter League to avoid wear and tear before Spring Training, the club said Thursday.

The decision was met with disagreement in the Dominican, where Ynoa is 10th in the league in batting with a .293 average and 11th in on-base percentage (.366) for Aguilas. However, a Rockies spokesman said the team is making sure Ynoa is healthy enough to compete for the first Opening Day roster spot of his young Major League career.

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Lannan among three to ink Minor League deals

Rockies expected to invite lefty to Spring Training along with Perez, Miller

Lannan among three to ink Minor League deals

DENVER -- The Rockies have signed veteran left-handed pitcher John Lannan, catcher Audry Perez and right-handed reliever Justin Miller to Minor League contracts. All are expected to be invited to Major League Spring Training. The club said it plans to announce its non-roster invitees at a later date.

Lannan, 30, has started 148 of his 153 Major League appearances (46-58, 4.18 ERA) for the Nationals (2007-12), Phillies ('13) and Mets ('14). The lefty sustained a knee injury in '13 with Philadelphia and saw limited Major League action with New York last season (1-0, 15.75 ERA in four innings over five relief appearances). Lannan made 14 appearances (12 starts) for Class A Advanced St. Lucie and Triple-A Las Vegas in '14 (3-5, 6.75 ERA).

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Butler, Gray ready for mulligan in 2015

Rockies pitching prospects look to shrug off injury-riddled '14 campaign

Butler, Gray ready for mulligan in 2015

SAN DIEGO -- Rockies right-handed pitching prospects Eddie Butler and Jon Gray plan to make the most of their second chances to make a big splash.

Butler, a supplemental first-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, and Gray, the third overall pick in 2013, attended Major League camp for the first time in 2014, and they were expected to be contributors by season's end. Both, however, saw their potential impact washed away because of throwing shoulder injuries -- Butler's after his Major League debut, Gray's at the end of the Double-A season. On the bright side, neither injury was serious enough to require surgery.

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Rockies add former Cards infielder Descalso

Rockies add former Cards infielder Descalso

DENVER -- The Rockies' signing of utility infielder Daniel Descalso to a two-year, $3.6 million contract on Tuesday represents a small but potentially important departure from the roster construction of the last couple of years.

Since Jason Giambi departed after the 2012 season, the Rockies' bench has been an avenue for inexperienced players to earn opportunity. This winter, however, the Rockies have said they believe if they're healthy, they have playoff-caliber offensive talent to challenge for a postseason berth. Such teams tend to want at least one reserve who is experienced in the postseason. Descalso, 28, spent his first five seasons with the Cardinals, which means he has played in 44 postseason games, appeared in the World Series twice and has a ring from 2011.

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Dodgers send Cuevas to Rockies to complete Nicasio deal

Dodgers send Cuevas to Rockies to complete Nicasio deal

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers sent Minor League outfielder Noel Cuevas to the Rockies on Tuesday to complete the Nov. 24 trade for right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio.

Cuevas, 23, hit .231 at Double-A Chattanooga in 2014 after hitting .284 the previous season at Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.

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Hawkins announces plans to retire after '15 season

Hawkins announces plans to retire after '15 season

Longtime big league reliever and current Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins said on MLB Network Friday morning that 2015 will be his final season.

Hawkins, who was on the Hot Stove broadcast to talk about his participation in Major League Baseball's initiative to send big leaguers to developing baseball countries "to share their passions for the game," said he will retire after next season, his 21st as a Major Leaguer.

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Rox happy with additions, have more to do

Relievers add depth; Colorado still seeking starting pitching

Rox happy with additions, have more to do

SAN DIEGO -- Jeff Bridich said before his first Winter Meetings as the Rockies' general manager that he wouldn't fall for the "fool's gold" of simply trying to make a splash. And Bridich isn't returning to Denver with a trove of riches.

The Rockies aren't empty-handed. Their moves during the Meetings consisted of a trade for Angels right-hander Jairo Diaz, a hard-thrower who could make the bullpen but may need Minor League time, and the pickup of Minor League right-hander Austin House from the Athletics.

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LaTroy Hawkins will retire in 2015

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LaTroy Hawkins will retire in 2015

On Friday morning, Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins announced on "Hot Stove" that this upcoming season will be his last. Hawkins has been playing professional baseball for longer than Bryce Harper, Miley Cyrus and Kate Upton have been alive. 

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Rockies swap Rule 5 pick for Minor Leaguer

Rockies swap Rule 5 pick for Minor Leaguer

SAN DIEGO -- The Rockies added Minor League right-handed pitching depth by acquiring reliever Austin House from the Athletics at the end of the Rule 5 Draft on Wednesday morning.

To acquire House, the Rockies selected first baseman Mark Canha with the second overall pick in the Rule 5 Draft and then traded Canha to the A's. In other Rockies Rule 5 action in the Major League phase, the Cubs took infielder Taylor Featherston seventh overall and traded him to the Angels, and the Braves took right-handed pitcher Daniel Winkler -- who was under consideration for a Major League callup before he underwent Tommy John surgery in June -- 11th overall.

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Rockies land hard-throwing Diaz for Rutledge

Right-hander made five relief appearances for Angels in 2014

Rockies land hard-throwing Diaz for Rutledge

SAN DIEGO -- The Rockies acquired right-handed reliever Jairo Diaz -- who averaged 97 mph on his fastball during a five-game Major League trial, according to Pitch-f/x -- from the Angels for infielder Josh Rutledge on Wednesday night during the Winter Meetings.

Starting pitching is the Rockies' biggest need and rumors were rampant that the club was working on trading for the Mets' Dillon Gee, but Colorado also needs young relief arms, although Diaz might not be in the 2015 plans. Diaz will have a chance to make the team but has Minor League options for three years.

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Meetings talk links Rockies to Mets' Gee

Lefty reliever Brothers reportedly named as possible trade candidate

Meetings talk links Rockies to Mets' Gee

SAN DIEGO -- The Rockies' effort to improve their starting pitching and the Mets' effort to move right-hander Dillon Gee sparked reports of a possible deal on Wednesday at the annual Winter Meetings.

Throughout the offseason, the Rockies have said they want to bolster the starting pitching, with the theory being that their strong (when healthy) offense is at the level of a contender. The Mets, with an abundance of Major Leaguers and prospects, have mentioned to the Rockies that Gee could be available. According to reports, the Rangers and Twins also are interested in Gee.

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Rosario, Morneau attract trade inquiries

Rangers pursuing catcher; Rockies unlikely to part with NL batting champ

Rosario, Morneau attract trade inquiries

SAN DIEGO -- The Rangers are one of the teams to have expressed interest in catcher Wilin Rosario, and the Marlins have emerged as a team that has called the Rockies about defending National League batting champion Justin Morneau.

MLB.com reported Monday that the Rangers were a possible fit, since they seek a right-handed power bat -- Rosario hit 28 home runs in 2012 and 21 in 2013 before battling injuries last season -- and need a catcher. Being in the American League means the Rangers would have the option of using Rosario as a designated hitter.

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Weiss on Rockies: 'We've got to take the next step'

With improved pitching, manager says team could contend

Weiss on Rockies: 'We've got to take the next step'

SAN DIEGO -- Walt Weiss hasn't let poor finishes his first two seasons managing the Rockies sway his feeling that his team has the offensive talent to be a contender, provided it improves the pitching. But he also acknowledged that it's time to produce.

"We didn't want to go that rebuilding route because there is enough talent on our club that if we can keep it intact and we keep on the field, we feel like we're in a good position," Weiss said Tuesday during his Winter Meetings availability. "We're addressing the needs we feel we need to address, and hopefully we'll be better in those areas when we get to Scottsdale in the spring."

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Rockies' players drawing interest from other clubs

GM Bridich hearing from mostly AL teams about Rosario

Rockies' players drawing interest from other clubs

SAN DIEGO -- Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said Monday the club is keeping star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki abreast of multiple trade rumors.

The New York Daily News reported that the Mets -- judged as the team best equipped to make an acceptable offer for Tulowitzki -- had turned down the Rockies' trade interest. Various reports indicated the Mets have serious concerns about what Tulowitzki's contract, which guarantees him $114 million through 2020, would do to their payroll. However, Bridich said the Rockies and Mets had not met formally.

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Annual Rockies Fest slated for Jan. 24

DENVER -- The Rockies have set Jan. 24 for Rockies Fest, a day of fun, games and meet-and-greets with players, manager Walt Weiss and club officials.

As in the past, the event will be limited to season-ticket holders during the morning session and open to all fans during the afternoon.

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Rockies sign lefty Boshers to Minor League deal

Relief pitcher most recently appeared in big leagues with Angels in 2013

Rockies sign lefty Boshers to Minor League deal

DENVER -- The Rockies have agreed on a Minor League contract with left-handed relief pitcher Buddy Boshers, who appeared in 25 games for the Angels in 2013. Boshers will be invited to Major League Spring Training, according to Major League sources.

Boshers, 26, posted a 4.70 ERA in 15 1/3 innings for the Angels, with 13 strikeouts against eight walks two seasons ago. In 2014, Boshers went a combined 3-3 with a 3.28 ERA in 40 games (eight starts) for Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Salt Lake City.

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Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

Duke's Matuella, 2014 top pick Aiken follow Florida high school infielder on Top 50 list

Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

For the second time in their history, the Arizona Diamondbacks own the top pick in the First-Year Player Draft. The first time that happened, in 2005, they took a high school shortstop with a potent bat.

Ten years after grabbing Justin Upton, the D-backs could follow a similar path. Lake Mary (Fla.) High School shortstop Brendan Rodgers sits atop MLBPipeline.com's initial Draft Top 50 rankings, thanks to his three plus tools (bat, power, arm) complemented by two solid ones (speed, defense). Unlike Upton, who immediately moved to the outfield as a professional, Rodgers should remain at shortstop.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Morneau becomes three-time Tip O'Neill Award winner

Rox slugger honored by Canadian Baseball HOF, joins ranks of Walker, Votto, Bay

Morneau becomes three-time Tip O'Neill Award winner

DENVER -- Rockies first baseman and 2014 National League batting champ Justin Morneau was announced Wednesday morning as the winner of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame's Tip O'Neill Award for the third time in his career.

Since 1984, the award has gone annually "to the Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievement and team contribution while adhering to baseball's highest ideals." The award is named for James "Tip" O'Neill, a Woodstock, Ontario, native who was one of the Major Leagues' first legitimate stars in the late 1800s. Morneau, a New Westminster, British Columbia, native, was chosen after fans were encouraged to vote for their top three candidates via e-mail and the Canadian Hall's website.

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Chacin aims to turn disappointment of '14 into production in '15

Chacin aims to turn disappointment of '14 into production in '15

DENVER -- For right-hander Jhoulys Chacin, the events of Nov. 26 were bigger than just a two-inning outing against mostly young Minor Leaguers at the Rockies' complex in the Dominican Republic. It was the first step in wiping away a 2014 season during which he made just 11 starts because of damage to his right rotator cuff and labrum.

"One year doesn't change who I am," Chacin said. "The people who think that I'm not going to be the same as I was before, I want to show them they're wrong. I've got a long career still. I want to get back in the game and show how good a pitcher I can be."

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Bernie Pleskoff

Pleskoff: Rockies have solid infield prospect in Story

Right-handed batter consistent at making contact, versatile on defense

Pleskoff: Rockies have solid infield prospect in Story

Colorado Rockies infield candidate Trevor Story had quite a good high school baseball background before he was the 45th player (supplemental first round) selected in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. He played shortstop and pitched for the Irving (Texas) Tigers. Instead of attending Louisiana State University as he had planned, he signed a contract to play professionally with the Rockies.

Story is a good athlete with the ability to hit for average with some power and run with good baseball instincts and useable speed that can lead to stolen bases.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Barnes expresses gratitude by assisting those in need

Rockies outfielder hosts Wiffle ball event to benefit Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation

Barnes expresses gratitude by assisting those in need

DENVER -- If you're a teenager -- or a little older and wonder what it's like to compete against Major League players -- and you happen to be in Anaheim, Calif., in December, you could have a chance to do so, all for a good cause, thanks to Rockies outfielder Brandon Barnes.

The second annual Barnyard Wiffle Ball Invitational is set for Dec. 13-14 at The Office Sports Academy in Anaheim -- a facility where Barnes trains in the offseason. All of the proceeds from the event go to the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. Players must be at least 15, and you never know who you may be playing with or against on the five-player teams.

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