Marquez sets sights on permanent rotation role

Young righty uses self-maintained database of outings to continue improving

Marquez sets sights on permanent rotation role

DENVER -- Rockies right-hander German Marquez's cellphone tells the story, in words and motion pictures, of a rapid climb that he hopes lands him in the big leagues for good when the 2017 season starts.

Two seasons ago, while still with in the Rays' organization, Marquez would type notes from each start into his phone, and at times augment the entries with video clips. He continued last year, after he joined the Rockies in a four-player trade.

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Arenado excited for '17 with contract settled

Arenado excited for '17 with contract settled

DENVER -- Nolan Arenado calls money "one of my least-favorite topics ever." And with the two-year contract worth $29.5 million he signed on Friday to avoid arbitration, he doesn't have to worry about it as he prepares for 2017.

"Money doesn't do anything; I'm going to be putting pressure on myself because I want to be the best and be good at this game," Arenado said. "I take pride in it. I don't like to let the fans down, and I don't like to let my teammates down. That's why I'm my hardest critic."

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Hoffman among top RHP prospects

Reyes overtakes Giolito for top spot, Glasnow remains at No. 2

Hoffman among top RHP prospects

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2017 Top 100 Prospects list on Saturday, Jan. 28, with a one-hour show on MLB Network at 8 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

Lucas Giolito headlined last year's list of the Top 10 right-handed pitching prospects, followed by Tyler Glasnow and Alex Reyes, respectively. That same trio checks in at the top of this year's list, too, only in a different order.

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Blackmon, Chatwood agree to deals for 2017

Duo, along with Arenado, avoids arbitration on Friday

Blackmon, Chatwood agree to deals for 2017

DENVER -- The Rockies reached one-year contract agreements on Friday with center fielder Charlie Blackmon and right-handed starter Tyler Chatwood to avoid arbitration, the club announced.

Blackmon signed for $7.3 million, while Chatwood signed for $4.4 million.

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Rockies add veteran Denorfia to outfield mix

Right-handed hitter played five years under Black in San Diego

Rockies add veteran Denorfia to outfield mix

DENVER -- The Rockies have signed veteran right-handed-hitting outfielder Chris Denorfia to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League camp, Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said Friday.

Denorfia, 36, who played for new Rockies manager Bud Black with the Padres from 2010-14, has also spent time in the Majors with the Reds, Athletics, Mariners and Cubs during his 10-year career. He has a lifetime .272 batting average, .330 on-base percentage and .392 slugging percentage.

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Zac Brown Band to play Coors Field in 2017

Zac Brown Band to play Coors Field in 2017

DENVER -- The Zac Brown Band, following up on a successful stadium tour in 2016, will play at Coors Field on July 29, AEG Live Rocky Mountain and the Rockies announced Friday.

Coors Field will be part of the band's 40-plus-date tour that will return to stadiums and amphitheaters across the United States. Chicago's Wrigley Field will also be part of the tour.

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Rockies resisting dealing coveted prospects

Colorado to let in-season needs determine best use of top Minor Leaguers

Rockies resisting dealing coveted prospects

DENVER -- General manager Jeff Bridich thus far has held onto the Rockies' long-term future, even though he has permission to spend more money in 2017.

The biggest moves have been free-agent signings of Ian Desmond, for five years and $70 million to play first base, and lefty pitcher Mike Dunn, who helps the bullpen at three years and $19 million. But noticeably absent from Bridich's 2017 strategy has been a trade that gives up prospects or young big leaguers for established stars.

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Weinstein named Rockies' Double-A manager

Weinstein named Rockies' Double-A manager

DENVER -- Jerry Weinstein, who has been in college and professional baseball since 1966 and is currently managing Team Israel for the 2017 World Baseball Classic, was named manager for the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats, the Rockies announced Thursday.

Weinstein, 73, is beginning his 11th season in the Rockies' system -- a stint that includes two seasons at the Major League level (2012 and '13) as catching and defensive positioning coach. He spent the 2016 season as the Rockies' special instructor to player development.

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Rockies interested in contract extension for CarGo

Rockies interested in contract extension for CarGo

DENVER -- Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich confirmed Tuesday that the club is exploring the possibility of a contract extension for right fielder Carlos Gonzalez, although nothing is imminent.

"There's not a whole lot to say there," Bridich said in a conference call with beat reporters. "We've contemplated the possibility of an extension with him. We're hopeful we can at least explore that further. We feel like there's a good chance we'll be able to at least explore it further. After that, there's really not much to say."

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Tracy Ringolsby

History shows Coors unfriendly to FA pitchers

History shows Coors unfriendly to FA pitchers

In the opening days of December 2000, the Rockies went on a free-agent pitching splurge, initially signing Denny Neagle to a five-year, $51.5 million deal, and then giving left-hander Mike Hampton a record-setting eight-year, $121 million deal.

"We added a horse," then general manager Dan O'Dowd said in reference to Hampton, who had racked up a National League-leading 22 victories in 1999 with the Astros while going 63-31 from 1997-2000.

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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.

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Anthony Castrovince

To contend, Rockies need to land Quintana

To contend, Rockies need to land Quintana

If the Rockies weren't serious about their 2017 effort, they wouldn't have given a five-year, $70 million contract to Ian Desmond that also cost them the No. 11 overall Draft pick. With a new manager in Bud Black, one of the great young players in the game in Nolan Arenado, an improving young rotation and a lineup that, because of the Coors Field conditions, is a good bet to score five runs a game again in '17, this is a club that believes it can make waves in the National League West.

But it still needs another piece, and that piece is Jose Quintana.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Spring is in the air: First workout dates announced

Spring is in the air: First workout dates announced

Despite the frigid temperatures throughout many big league cities, Major League Baseball's announcement Tuesday of the first workout dates of Spring Training should be enough to warm the hearts of baseball fans everywhere.

The following are the first Spring Training workout dates, subject to change, both for pitchers and catchers and full squads of the 30 Major League clubs. 

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Will Rockies make move to prop up 'pen?

Holland, Blanton among free agents Colorado could target

Will Rockies make move to prop up 'pen?

DENVER -- Do the Rockies have another fearless, avant-garde move in them before Spring Training starts next month? With a bullpen that could still used some shoring up, there seems to be a move in the offing. A big contract for a slugger or a trade to shake up the roster also are possible, but far less likely.

Last month, the Rockies had folks thinking -- or scratching their heads -- when they signed Ian Desmond for five years and $70 million, and announced he would convert to being a first baseman. After playing shortstop, often with distinction, for the Nationals from 2009-15, he converted to the outfield with the Rangers last year and made an All-Star Game appearance. Now he'll take first base, and he could be a valuable bat toward the middle and bottom of the order.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gray not afraid of ghosts, Coors Field

Rockies ace looks to continue dominance at home

Gray not afraid of ghosts, Coors Field

DENVER -- Rockies right-handed pitcher Jon Gray loves searching for paranormal activity, and doesn't even mind finding it. But he wants to leave it right where it is.

"I go chase ghosts all day," Gray said during a wide-ranging and somewhat whimsical interview with MLB Network Radio's Casey Stern on Thursday. "But I don't know if I want them coming back to where I'm at."

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Bettis declared cancer-free, resumes workouts

Rockies right-hander talks recovery, prognosis in radio interview

Bettis declared cancer-free, resumes workouts

DENVER -- Rockies right-handed pitcher Chad Bettis told MLB Network Radio on Wednesday that follow-up exams have declared him cancer-free. Bettis had a testicle surgically removed in late November after cancer was discovered.

At the time of the surgery, Bettis said the surgeon did not believe the cancer had spread, and follow-up exams before Christmas confirmed that it had not.

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Geivett imparts career advice in new book

Former player, scout and exec shares insight from 28 years inside baseball

Geivett imparts career advice in new book

DENVER -- During a 28-year career in professional baseball as a player, scout and front-office executive, Bill Geivett never shied away from helping those who wanted to land jobs.

"I would get these emails and letters and resumes. It was always, 'Mr. Geivett, could I have 10 minutes of your time?'" he said. "And every time I'd call, it would turn into two hours.

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Arenado spent NYE playing baseball in the street

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Arenado spent NYE playing baseball in the street

Nolan Arenado and his cousin, Rockies Minor Leaguer Josh Fuentes, were together for New Year's Eve on Saturday, so they did what any family featuring two professional ballplayers would do: They played a game of baseball in the street and live-streamed it on Instagram.

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Wolters' catching prowess is well-received

Rockies backstop emphasizes flexibility, study to improve pitch-framing

Wolters' catching prowess is well-received

DENVER -- Catcher Tony Wolters joined the Rockies as a waiver claim last February, but by the end of his rookie season in the Majors, he had become a folk hero in the science of pitch-framing.

According to Baseball Prospectus, Wolters finished fifth in the Majors in called strikes above average at .017. That means out of every 100 pitches, his ability to handle borderline pitches amounted to just under two extra strikes. But Wolters, who was claimed from the Indians at the start of Spring Training last year, sees pitch-framing as a flesh-and-blood act, not just a soulless calculation.

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Additions to strong core have Rox optimistic

Additions to strong core have Rox optimistic

DENVER -- The Rockies have undergone something of a transformation for 2017, building a roster they hope can lift them above the 75-87 record they posted in 2016 and into contention.

When first baseman Ian Desmond and left-handed relief pitcher Mike Dunn signed with the club this month, both said that folks who pay attention see the Rockies as a team on the rise.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies begin, end 2016 with hope for future

Rockies begin, end 2016 with hope for future

DENVER -- The Rockies' 2016 was mostly a year of hope. While it's true that disappointment and discord marred the final months of the season, the Rox finished the calendar year sparking even more hope.

Colorado's offense showed greater execution than it did during a 68-94 finish in 2015, as Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez kept up their power and were helped by career years from DJ LeMahieu and Charlie Blackmon, as well as an eye-popping rookie performance from Trevor Story. The Rockies' starting pitching -- former top Draft picks Jon Gray and Tyler Anderson, savvy former second-round pick Chad Bettis, and Tyler Chatwood in his return from Tommy John surgery, along with veteran Jorge De La Rosa (now a free agent) -- came together and had the club in legitimate National League Wild Card contention into August.

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Most amazing National League games of 2016

Most amazing National League games of 2016

The 2016 season in Major League Baseball was one of inspiring feats of athleticism, ballparks packed with ecstatic fans and the undeniable drama that comes with America's pastime. At the end of the 162-game push and an amazing October, one team was standing: the Chicago Cubs, who broke a 108-year championship drought and won the World Series for the National League.

But 14 other NL teams played all season and had their own pinnacle moments. In consultation with each club's beat reporter, here is the game of the year for each club in the NL in 2016:

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies 'check in' on Holland

Former Royals closer had Tommy John surgery October 2015

Rockies 'check in' on Holland

DENVER -- The Rockies have "checked in" with free-agent right-hander Greg Holland -- one of the game's top closers before missing 2016 because of a right elbow injury, general manager Jeff Bridich acknowledged on Wednesday.

BSN Denver, citing a source, reported that the Rockies have approached Holland with a multi-year contract. Bridich did not confirm anything beyond monitoring Holland, who underwent Tommy John surgery in October 2015.

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Amarista, Rox reportedly agree to 1-year deal

Amarista, Rox reportedly agree to 1-year deal

The Rockies have agreed to a one-year Major League contract with veteran utility player Alexi Amarista, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman. The club has not confirmed the deal.

The 27-year-old Amarista was non-tendered by the Padres after hitting .257/.295/.271 in 65 games last season. In six seasons with the Angels and Padres, Amarista hit .230/.276/.320. He's played both middle-infield positions, and he has also spent time at third and in the outfield.

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyRsports. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Is the Rockies' outfield overcrowded?

Beat reporter Thomas Harding answers fans' questions

Inbox: Is the Rockies' outfield overcrowded?

DENVER -- Happy Holidays all. Before I get to your Rockies questions, I'll highlight one of the issues I'll watch closely this spring.

Gerardo Parra signed a three-year, $27.5 million contract last winter, but hitting struggles and a high ankle sprain that cost him 46 games made him a forgotten man by season's end. But if the scenes he is posting from his workouts are any indication, he's off to a good start toward delivering a reminder.

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CarGo's 'big brother' influence catapults prospect Rios

CarGo's 'big brother' influence catapults prospect Rios

DENVER -- During the holidays, we share trinkets and joy, but this is the story of a gift presented on Sept. 24.

Rockies star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez watched with pride from the visitors' dugout in Los Angeles as the Dodgers presented corner-infield prospect Edwin Rios, who hit 27 home runs at three levels in his first full pro season, with their Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the Year Award. The performance was Rios' thank you for all Gonzalez gave last winter, and continues to offer.

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Story wrote quite a long-ball tale in April

Emergence of Rockies rookie one of top baseball stories in '16

Story wrote quite a long-ball tale in April

DENVER -- April shaped up to be uncertain for the Rockies.

For the first time since late in the 2006 season, the regular shortstop would be someone other than Troy Tulowitzki, who was dealt to the Blue Jays in July 2015. And his replacement, Jose Reyes, was in limbo and on his way to an MLB suspension for an off-field incident. But Trevor Story turned out to be the brightest April flower.

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Rox promote four Minors coaches for 2017

Rox promote four Minors coaches for 2017

DENVER -- The Rockies' recognition that they needed more than one hitting coach, and their acknowledgement that they had a lot of internal coaching talent, drove the four additions they made to the staff.

Manager Bud Black and general manager Jeff Bridich announced the following assignments Thursday morning:

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Rox prospects learn to give back like big leaguers

Rodgers, Wall part of charity Wiffle ball tournament

Rox prospects learn to give back like big leaguers

DENVER -- Because shortstop Brendan Rodgers and second baseman Forrest Wall are recent Rockies first-round Draft picks, the expectation is that they will be forces at the Major League level. So they spent the weekend giving back like big leaguers.

Rodgers, 20, the third overall pick in 2015, and Wall, 21, selected 35th overall in '14, along with Royals lefty pitching prospect Foster Griffin, 21, a first-round pick in '15, recently sat down with their agent, Jason Romano, a former Major League utility man. Romano, who played for five teams from 2002-05, was surrounded by players who enjoyed community work, and figured it's not too early for these prospects to start.

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