Tulowitzki focused on health, not trade rumors

Rockies shortstop, recovering from hip surgery, wants to prove doubters wrong

Tulowitzki focused on health, not trade rumors

DENVER -- In a sense, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki's offseason is not much different than winters past. He's been rehabbing an injury, this time a surgically repaired left hip labrum. But this offseason also is different.

"The trade talk was different for me," said Tulowitzki, who was at Coors Field for Saturday's Rockies Fest. "It was more intense than it ever had been in my career. That was something I had to deal with. As far as finding that chip, something that makes me go, which isn't that hard for me, that was very easy.

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Avalanche to host game at Coors Field in 2016

First outdoor NHL contest in Colorado will take place next Feb. 27 vs. Detroit

Avalanche to host game at Coors Field in 2016

DENVER -- Coors Field will celebrate the game of hockey in February 2016.

The National Hockey League and the Rockies announced Saturday that the first NHL outdoor game in Colorado sports history is set for Feb. 27, 2016, at Coors, when the Colorado Avalanche meet the Detroit Red Wings. The game, which is part of the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, will also mark the first time the Avalanche will play an official outdoor game.

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Rehabbing CarGo ready to turn page

Outfielder excited for return after tumultuous 2014 season

Rehabbing CarGo ready to turn page

COLORADO SPRINGS -- Carlos Gonzalez was delighted about the condition of his rehabbed body, and genuinely thankful to don a Rockies jersey over his hoodie and meet fans at the team's Dugout Store for an hour on Friday.

After last year, it was a wonder if he'd ever feel good after three operations -- a preseason appendectomy, the removal of a benign tumor from his left middle finger in June and season-ending left knee surgery in August. After hearing the new front office repeatedly say it would listen to trade offers -- not only for him but for shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, whose season also ended with August surgery (on his left hip labrum), it wasn't certain he'd be wearing purple pinstripes.

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Tulo, CarGo making steady progress in surgery rehabs

Both Rockies stars expected to be ready for Spring Training

Tulo, CarGo making steady progress in surgery rehabs

DENVER -- These cold January days are, in an important way, the brightest the Rockies have seen in some time. That's because shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez are back on the field hitting, throwing and, in Tulowitzki's case, fielding.

At close to the same time in August, Tulowitzki underwent surgery to repair his torn left hip labrum and Gonzalez had surgery to repair the patellar tendon in his left knee. Now doctors have cleared both Rockies All-Stars for activity.

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Source: Rockies, Jurrjens have Minor League deal

Source: Rockies, Jurrjens have Minor League deal

DENVER -- The Rockies and right-handed pitcher Jair Jurrjens have agreed to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to Major League camp, Major League sources said on Friday.

Jurrjens, who will turn 29 on Jan. 29, went 0-1 with a 10.61 ERA in two starts for the Rockies last season. A 2011 All-Star Game participant with the Braves who battled injuries in succeeding years, Jurrjens went 2-8 with a 4.54 ERA in 14 starts at the Triple-A level with the Reds and Rockies last year.

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MLB Network: Tulo best of best at shortstop

MLB Network: Tulo best of best at shortstop

With Spring Training just around the corner, MLB Network is surveying the top 10 players at each position. And at shortstop, there's little debating as to who holds down the No. 1 spot, when healthy.

Troy Tulowitzki earned this offseason's mantle as the best shortstop in the game, according to the Network, as well as being at the top of the personal lists of hosts Brian Kenny and Bill Ripken.

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Rox add former All-Star reliever Jones to Minors staff

Rox add former All-Star reliever Jones to Minors staff

The Rockies added five-time All-Star pitcher Doug Jones to their Minor League staff on Thursday, naming the 16-year Major League veteran as pitching coach for Class A Short-Season Boise of the Northwest League.

The team also tabbed Dave Burba as pitching coach at Double-A New Britain of the Eastern League and Brandon Emmanuel at Class A Advanced Modesto of the California League.

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Freeland No. 7 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 LHP Prospects list

Dodgers' 18-year-old Urias leads list, followed by White Sox's Rodon, Jays' Norris

Freeland No. 7 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 LHP Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

Though all of the left-handers who ranked on last year's preseason Top 10 are still eligible to be considered for inclusion this year, there are still several new faces on this list. Julio Urias, Henry Owens and Andrew Heaney are the holdovers, albeit with their order reversed from last year.

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Gray No. 5 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 RHP Prospects list

Nats' Giolito leads list, followed by Mets' Syndergaard, Pirates' Glasnow

Gray No. 5 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 RHP Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

There are always a ton of right-handed pitchers on our Top 100 list. The 2015 version is no different. All 10 on the list below are in the Top 100, and then some.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rosario working on versatility to remain in lineup

With logjam at position, Rockies catcher training at first base, outfield

Rosario working on versatility to remain in lineup

DENVER -- Wilin Rosario spent the early part of this month at the team's training complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., working at first base and the outfield and he will resume the crash course at the team's academy in the Dominican Republic before Spring Training begins, Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Monday.

The work shows that Rosario, the team's regular catcher the last three seasons, is embracing the idea that playing other positions can help keep his bat on the field. The Rockies signed veteran free agent Nick Hundley to become the primary catcher.

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Chacin, McKenry, Brothers agree to 1-year deals

Chacin, McKenry, Brothers agree to 1-year deals

DENVER -- The Rockies avoided arbitration with right-handed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, catcher Michael McKenry and left-handed reliever Rex Brothers by reaching one-year deals before Friday's deadline for arbitration-eligible players and their clubs to exchange figures.

According to sources, Chacin's deal is worth $5.5 million, McKenry signed for $1.0876 million and Brothers signed for $1.4 million.

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Rockies 2015 Caravan set to take off Friday

Rockies 2015 Caravan set to take off Friday

DENVER -- Select players, manager Walt Weiss and general manager Jeff Bridich will set out Jan. 23 to meet fans in Colorado Springs, Albuquerque, N.M., Boise, Idaho, and Salt Lake City, Utah, during the Rockies 2015 Caravan.

The caravan will provide opportunities for fans and media who may not be in attendance for Rockies Fest, an all-day event at Coors Field next Saturday. The visits to Albuquerque and Boise will celebrate the Rockies' new affiliations with those cities' Minor League teams, the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes and the Class A Short Season Boise Hawks.

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Monfort tells NY paper Tulo deal 'not happening'

Monfort tells NY paper Tulo deal 'not happening'

DENVER -- The notion of the Rockies trading shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Mets, which all winter has been more rumors and reports than action, was doused with cold water Thursday at the MLB owners meeting in Paradise Valley, Ariz.

The New York Post reported that Rockies owner/general partner Charlie Monfort answered a direct question with a smile and a simple statement: "It's not happening."

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NFL playoff QBs have baseball connections

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NFL playoff QBs have baseball connections

If you're anything like me, when you tune into the NFL playoffs, you'll be thinking about one thing: How good would these quarterbacks be at baseball? As it turns out, we're not the only ones. One of the final four QBs standing was at one time described as a "sure thing as a baseball player" and another could throw a 91-mph heater. Let's see if you can match the baseball career to the player. 

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Rockies reach deals with Chatwood, Lyles, Stubbs

Rockies reach deals with Chatwood, Lyles, Stubbs

DENVER -- The Rockies avoided arbitration with three players on Wednesday by reaching one-year agreements with right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles and outfielder Drew Stubbs, and reaching a two-year deal with right-hander Tyler Chatwood, who could miss most or all of the 2015 season as he recovers from elbow surgery.

The club did not reveal contract terms, but Major League sources place the Lyles deal at $2,475,000, as first reported by CBS Sports, and the Stubbs contract at $5,825,000. Chatwood's contract will pay him $1 million in 2015 and the same salary in 2016. ESPN first reported Chatwood can earn up to an additional $250,000 in 2016 based on games started.

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Rockies broadcaster Corrigan shows passion for writing novels

Radio announcer tales tale inspired by his father's service in WWII in latest book

Rockies broadcaster Corrigan shows passion for writing novels

DENVER -- Rockies radio broadcaster Jack Corrigan combined his love of writing and history with the uplifting story of his father's participation in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II, and the result was his second novel, "Night of Destiny: 24 December, 1944".

The story, published last season, was inspired by the tragedy of the S.S. Leopoldville, and it's based on the experiences of Corrigan's late father, John V. Corrigan -- a member of the Army ambulance squad that came ashore three days after the D-Day landings, and was instrumental in plucking survivors from the frigid waters of the harbor on the coast of Cherbourg, France.

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Rockies host ceremony for Galarraga Field renovation

Rockies host ceremony for Galarraga Field renovation

DENVER -- Andres Galarraga Field at the Owen Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver will continue to sparkle, thanks to the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, the Rockies, the MLB Groundskeepers and several companies.

On Tuesday, the various entities conducted a ceremony at Coors Field to commemorate the donation of materials and equipment to renovate the field, which was named after one of the Rockies' first stars. Galarraga originally donated funds to renovate the field in 1995, and since then the club has helped with field maintenance and Rockies players have conducted annual clinics.

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Rockies ramping up efforts to add pitching

Club mentioned in reports as potential suitor for Mets' Gee; finding free agent also an option

Rockies ramping up efforts to add pitching

DENVER -- The Rockies are expected to make moves to shore up their pitching staff this week, with trade talks with the Mets regarding right-hander Dillon Gee or serious discussions with free agents being the options.

The Mets have been shopping Gee (7-8, 4.00 ERA in 22 starts in 2014), and the Rockies have been among the teams prominently figuring in various reports since December. According to sources familiar with the situation, it's still not clear what the Mets require in return for Gee, and there hasn't been an offer from the Rockies.

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Right-hander Martin sent to Yankees for cash

Right-hander Martin sent to Yankees for cash

NEW YORK -- The Yankees acquired right-hander Chris Martin from the Rockies on Tuesday in exchange for cash considerations, the club announced.

Martin, 28, had a 6.89 ERA in 16 appearances for Colorado last season, walking four and striking out 14 in 15 2/3 innings. He generated a 60.8 percent ground-ball rate.

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Stubbs played himself into right-handed asset in 2014

Stubbs played himself into right-handed asset in 2014

DENVER -- Add outfielder Drew Stubbs to the long list of players who found new life in high altitude.

Stubbs joined the Rockies last winter in a trade with the Indians, and re-established himself as a right-handed-hitting option in the outfield. After three straight seasons hitting below .250 -- the first two with the Reds -- Stubbs hit .289 with 15 home runs and 43 RBIs, and posted career-best on-base (.339) and slugging (.482) percentages.

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Rockies reveal 2015 Minor League staff assignments

DENVER -- Longtime Rockies staff member Duane Espy will fill the newly created post of hitting coordinator, the Rockies announced Thursday as they revealed their Minor League staff assignments for 2015.

Espy, entering his 13th season in the organization, will be in charge of implementing hitting philosophy and offensive development for players at all affiliates. Espy joined the organization as Major League hitting coach from 2003-06 under then-manager Clint Hurdle, and has since worked as a coach, manager and development supervisor in the Minor League system. Espy was development supervisor at Class A Short-Season Tri-City last season.

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Walker falls short in latest Hall of Fame bid

Writers elect four players to Cooperstown for first time since 1955

Walker falls short in latest Hall of Fame bid

NEW YORK -- Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in a blockbuster vote by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday. The three pitchers were voted in their first time on the ballot, while Biggio was selected in his third year.

It was the first time in 60 years that the BBWAA has elected four players from the same ballot and the first time three pitchers were elected in the same year. The BBWAA has now elected 119 of the 215 Major League players in the Hall.

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Spring workout dates announced for all clubs

Spring workout dates announced for all clubs

Spring is officially on the horizon.

Major League Baseball announced the first Spring Training workout dates for all 30 of its clubs on Thursday. Pitchers and catchers for the reigning World Series champion Giants -- along with the Phillies, Pirates and Reds -- will be the first to work out, with a Feb. 19 start date. Thirteen other clubs will work out pitchers and catchers for the first time the following day.

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Anniversary highlights Rockies promotional schedule

Anniversary highlights Rockies promotional schedule

DENVER -- The Rockies will commemorate the 20th anniversary of their first game at Coors Field on April 26, with several of the club's greatest players of that era on hand. The celebration highlights the club's 2015 promotional schedule, which was announced Tuesday.

On April 26, 1995, Dante Bichette capped off the grand opener with a three-run homer in the bottom of the 14th for an 11-9 Rockies victory. This year's April 26 game against the Giants will give special recognition to the first game at Coors.

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Catcher Hundley, Rockies agree to 2-year deal

Catcher Hundley, Rockies agree to 2-year deal

DENVER -- The Rockies upgraded their catching Monday by signing free agent Nick Hundley to a two-year, $6.25 million contract that pays $3.1 million in 2015 and $3.15 million in 2016.

"My goal is to help us win and make the pitching staff better," Hundley said. "There's no reason why the Colorado Rockies can't win the NL West. If you win the West, you'll be in the playoffs and anything can happen there, as evidenced by watching the Giants and the Royals play in the World Series."

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Arenado wants to be Rockies' driving force

Two-time Gold Glove winner seeks improvement in third MLB season

Arenado wants to be Rockies' driving force

DENVER -- In a 2015 when the Rockies have already made some changes but need to make more to improve, third baseman Nolan Arenado is putting the onus on himself.

If he achieves, watch out.

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Inbox: Could Rockies shop Rosario?

MLB.com's Thomas Harding answers questions from Rockies fans

Inbox: Could Rockies shop Rosario?

DENVER -- Many Rockies fans took to Twitter and Facebook with their questions during the holidays, with the consensus being they needed more gifts.

The signing of catcher Nick Hundley, which is pending a physical, as well as the signing of utility infielder Daniel Descalso and some young relief pitching acquisitions are steps in the right direction. But most fans believe the offseason isn't complete without revamped pitching.

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Rox hope rotation steps up to complement elite defense

Colorado expects Tulowitzki, Gonzalez to return healthy in 2015

Rox hope rotation steps up to complement elite defense

DENVER -- The Rockies are entering 2015 with a "Why not us?" attitude.

In this age of competitive balance, when the majority of teams are either in or on the fringe of contention at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Rockies don't feel it's preposterous to believe they can shake off four straight losing seasons, including 96 losses in 2014. But there is work to do to put together a roster, especially a pitching staff, that offers talent to back that hope.

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Breakouts, injuries shaped Rockies' season in 2014

Year in review: Blackmon, Dickerson emerge; Tulowitzki shines before hip surgery

Breakouts, injuries shaped Rockies' season in 2014

DENVER -- A year of pain led to a year of change for the Rockies.

The Rockies were in second place in the National League West until late May and didn't fall below .500 for good until June 1. But they finished 66-96, and their 21-60 road record was the worst in franchise history. The season collapsed under the weight of a star-studded disabled list and an often ineffective pitching staff.

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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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