Rockies sign int'l free agent Montano for $2M

Rockies sign int'l free agent Montano for $2M

Colorado is historically one of the most active teams on the international market, and that trend continues this year.

According to industry sources, the Rockies have agreed to a $2 million signing bonus with Venezuelan outfield prospect Daniel Montano, who is ranked No. 12 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list.

More

Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stubbs returns, rejuvenated from Triple-A stint

Rockies center fielder admits he welcomed demotion

Stubbs returns, rejuvenated from Triple-A stint

PHOENIX -- Outfielder Drew Stubbs can smile again, now that he returned to the Rockies on Thursday, after six weeks at Triple-A Albuquerque. And he can admit that he welcomed the demotion.

Stubbs began the year hitting .118 with 31 strikeouts in 56 at-bats before being sent down on May 20. He didn't remotely resemble the player who had a career year in 2014 (.289 average, .339 on-base percentage, 15 home runs, 43 RBIs) and signed a one-year, $5.83 million contract to avoid arbitration. Stubbs, who had more than five years of service time going into the season, accepted the demotion.

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cavnar makes inroads as female broadcaster

Root Sports reporter handles color commentary for weekend series

Cavnar makes inroads as female broadcaster

PHOENIX -- Jenny Cavnar of Root Sports Rocky Mountain will joined the 850 KOA radio booth as color commentator during the Rockies game Thursday against the D-backs, and will also serve in that capacity Friday and Saturday.

A female baseball broadcaster on the radio is a rare event. Suzyn Waldman has been color commentator on Yankees games since 2005. Waldman also recalls announcing a Mets-Astros game on the radio in the 1990s. A Rockies inquiry of MLB officials and historians did not unearth another case of a female announcer doing an NL game.

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bats remain quiet as Rockies drop finale

Bats remain quiet as Rockies drop finale

OAKLAND -- The A's clinched a series win over the Rockies with a 4-1 victory in Wednesday's matinee finale at the Coliseum. In three games, Oakland held the Rockies to four runs.

Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for #ASGWorthy players

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tulo staking rare under-radar All-Star claim

Tulo staking rare under-radar All-Star claim

OAKLAND -- If a shortstop leads the league in hitting and OPS at his position while tied for the lead in doubles, does it make him an All-Star? Or, at least, does it qualify as a good year? The answer becomes complicated if the shortstop in question is the Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki.

Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for Tulo and other #ASGWorthy players

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Despite solid effort, Bettis striving to improve

Despite solid effort, Bettis striving to improve

OAKLAND -- Chad Bettis felt old, nightmarish habits creep in Wednesday on the way to the Rockies' 4-1 loss to the Athletics at O.co Coliseum. But he didn't let the game spiral out of control the way it might have last year. And while that sounds like a for-what-it's-worth statement, it represents progress.

Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for #ASGWorthy players

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Umps shift duties after Hallion struck by foul

Umps shift duties after Hallion struck by foul

OAKLAND -- Crew chief Tom Hallion exited Wednesday's game between the A's and Rockies at the Coliseum in the first inning after taking a pitch to his face mask.

Umpire Alfonso Marquez, who began the game at first base, moved behind the plate in Hallion's place following a lengthy delay. Second-base umpire Dan Bellino moved to first, while Ryan Blakney maintained his post at third as part of the truncated crew.

More

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

De La Rosa dominates A's in pitchers' duel

De La Rosa dominates A's in pitchers' duel

OAKLAND -- Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa tossed seven scoreless innings against the A's, leading the Rockies to a 2-1 victory at the Coliseum on Tuesday night and evening the three-game series.

Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for #ASGWorthy players

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Like his Facebook page. Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Tracy Ringolsby

Arenado proving he deserves All-Star nod

Rockies third baseman may not get fan vote, but his talent is on clear display

Arenado proving he deserves All-Star nod

Third baseman Nolan Arenado never said a word to Giants manager Bruce Bochy, the National League All-Star manager, during the Rockies' three-game visit to AT&T Park last weekend. He did, however, make an All-Star statement that came through loud and clear.

• Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for Arenado and other #ASGWorthy players

More

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

Hawkins earns save as temporary closer

Rockies veteran happy to fill in while his friend takes care of family

Hawkins earns save as temporary closer

OAKLAND -- LaTroy Hawkins did the assigned job -- closing the Rockies' 2-1 victory over the Athletics on Tuesday night -- and handled the requisite interviews like a good-natured statesmen. Then he got down to what's real.

Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for #ASGWorthy players

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Axford on inactive list to tend to family matter

Rockies closer says son is doing well in recovery from rattlesnake bite

Axford on inactive list to tend to family matter

OAKLAND -- The Rockies placed closer John Axford on the temporary inactive list because he needed to take care of a family matter. But manager Walt Weiss said Axford's 3-year-old son -- who has been recovering from a rattlesnake bite he suffered during Spring Training -- is doing well.

"He has some things to take care of at home, some personal things to address," Weiss said. "His son is doing fine. I know that's what people are thinking. But he's getting better and better every day.

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Shortstop prospect Story promoted to Triple-A

Prized prospect's advancement raises speculation about Tulowitzki

Shortstop prospect Story promoted to Triple-A

OAKLAND -- The Rockies promoted shortstop prospect Trevor Story from Double-A New Britain, where he hit .281 with 10 home runs and 45 RBIs, to Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday.

Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for #ASGWorthy players

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies' Hale frustrated by end result vs. A's

Rockies' Hale frustrated by end result vs. A's

OAKLAND -- Rockies right-hander David Hale felt the frustration that comes with feeling so good but having an outing turn bad.

Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for #ASGWorthy players

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Homers haunt Hale as Rockies fall to A's

Homers haunt Hale as Rockies fall to A's

OAKLAND -- The A's got home runs from Josh Reddick, Ike Davis and Billy Butler, powering their way to a 7-1 win against the Rockies in Monday's series opener at the Coliseum to snap a three-game losing streak.

Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for #ASGWorthy players

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arenado needs late All-Star ballot push

Arenado needs late All-Star ballot push

OAKLAND -- After receiving one honor Monday, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado found himself far away from one that his year says he deserves strong consideration for -- a starting spot for the National League squad in the 2015 All-Star Game.

Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for #ASGWorthy players

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies send Matzek home to take break

Rockies send Matzek home to take break

OAKLAND -- The Rockies have sent left-handed pitcher Tyler Matzek home for a break as his effort to shake dramatic control issues continues.

Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for #ASGWorthy players

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

#ASGWorthy Arenado earns NL POW honors

#ASGWorthy Arenado earns NL POW honors

Nolan Arenado is coming off his Babe Ruth week. Arenado, who hit seven home runs in his last six games, was recognized as the National League Player of the Week on Monday. The Rockies' third baseman had three multihomer games and led the Major Leagues in homers, RBIs (14) and slugging (1.348) last week.

Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for Arenado and other #ASGWorthy players

More

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kendrick, Rockies sunk by Giants' bats

Kendrick, Rockies sunk by Giants' bats

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Duffy finished a single away from hitting for the cycle to support Madison Bumgarner's 7 2/3 innings of two-run ball, as the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies, 6-3, in the series finale Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park.

Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for Posey, Arenado and other #ASGWorthy players

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. Oliver Macklin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Jonathan Mayo

Wall on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of Week

Wall on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

When Miguel Sano was hitting just .159 and slugging .381 in April, no one in the Twins organization was overly concerned. They knew the rust from having missed the 2014 season because of Tommy John surgery would be considerable, and fully expected him to return to the power-hitting corner infielder he was before the injury.

More

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayo on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arenado keeps up torrid stretch with 2 homers

Rockies third baseman has streak of run, hit, RBI in seven games

Arenado keeps up torrid stretch with 2 homers

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Rockies' Nolan Arenado has strong statistics that can be used to debate his standing among third basemen in the Majors - he added two homers and three RBIs to the case during Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Giants. But Arenado seeks meaning over numbers.

Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for Arenado and other #ASGWorthy players

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies managing Hawkins' workload

Veteran reliever doing well with more rest between appearances

Rockies managing Hawkins' workload

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies reliever LaTroy Hawkins' right arm needed just a little more rest after heavy usage during the Rockies' last homestand and wasn't used Friday and Saturday against the Giants in situations that could have been his.

Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for #ASGWorthy players

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies felled by Giants' bases-loaded hit

Rockies felled by Giants' bases-loaded hit

SAN FRANCISCO -- Andrew Susac's three-run double in the seventh inning helped the Giants win for the seventh time in their last 11 games, 7-5, over the Rockies on Saturday at AT&T Park.

Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for Posey and other #ASGWorthy players

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. Oliver Macklin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Small slips cost Rusin in solid outing vs. Giants

Small slips cost Rusin in solid outing vs. Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies lefty Chris Rusin treats pitching as an inclusive act, which is beautiful unless he or someone along the assembly line doesn't nail an assignment.

Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for #ASGWorthy players

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Axford making case for All-Star selection

Axford making case for All-Star selection

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies closer John Axford politely and efficiently wrapped up conversations by his locker Saturday morning, then opened his phone and studied the stats of his peers before casting his All-Star Game votes. Will the numbers and the ballots also work for Axford?

Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for Arenado and other #ASGWorthy players

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arenado, CarGo lead Rockies past Giants

Arenado, CarGo lead Rockies past Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nolan Arenado homered twice, giving him six in the last five games, and Carlos Gonzalez delivered five hits as the Rockies held off the Giants in the ninth and won for the fifth time in six games, 8-6, at AT&T Park on Friday night.

Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for #ASGWorthy players

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. Oliver Macklin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

With five hits, CarGo plays big hand in win

With five hits, CarGo plays big hand in win

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nothing could cool Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on Friday night. The ice that was wrapped around Gonzalez's left hand had begun to melt and drip on the visiting clubhouse floor at AT&T Park.

Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for CarGo and other #ASGWorthy players

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

GM wants all-around production from Rockies

Bridich in no hurry to call up Gray; Gonzalez shakes off hand injury

GM wants all-around production from Rockies

SAN FRANCISCO -- Now general manager Jeff Bridich is calling for consistency from his Rockies, which beats his earlier challenge.

Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for #ASGWorthy players

More

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tulo, Arenado lead Rockies to win over D-backs

Tulo, Arenado lead Rockies to win over D-backs

DENVER -- Troy Tulowitzki smacked his first career pinch-hit home run to ignite a five-run eighth-inning rally that led the Rockies past the D-backs, 6-4, on Thursday afternoon at Coors Field.

Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for Tulo, Arenado and other #ASGWorthy players

More

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB and listen to his podcast. Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.