2018 Hot Stove Phase I (Post World Series to Winter Meetings/Rule 5 Draft 12/14/2017)

Houston Astros World Series Champions. Great story. It’s interesting to me that the 2014 Sports Illustrated story picking the post nuclear rebuild Astros as 2017 World Champions is getting so much publicity. Everyone has reasons to adopt a team after their favorite team (Rockies) has been eliminated. I know many liked the Astros due to the flood story. Others liked the Astros simply because they hate the Dodgers and their endless $$$$. I personally adopted the Astros because of the nuclear rebuild. What a great job post Ed Wade to recognize that the Organization as a whole was flawed and needed to be rebuilt from the ground up. Nicely done.

 

I propose posting all things Hot Stove here. RMH/Jeem…..feel free to add a cool picture!

 

Rockies big picture:

  1. Need offense.
  2. Need Bullpen replacements.
  3. Have some significant $$$$$ coming off the books.
  4. Need to decide what to do with Ryan McMahon (could help address #1).
  5. Need to get, and keep, David Dahl healthy (could help address #1).
  6. Need to extend Arenado.

I’m calling this Hot Stove Phase for all things through the Rule 5 draft.

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Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago

Wow!! Cubs sign Chatwood to 3 year $38MM contract.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/12/cubs-sign-tyler-chatwood.html

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago

Mariners can now give Ohtani a bigger contract than anyone else due to picking up $1MM in International Bonus Pool money when they acquired Dee Gordon from the Marlins.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/12/mariners-to-acquire-dee-gordon.html

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
2 years ago

Oh man, Mike Trout is going to have a year for the ages now that Ohtani joined the Angels. Whoo hoo, I’m going to Rockies Angels game first week of spring training.

Agbayani
Agbayani
2 years ago

I don’t mind bringing Iannetta back at all, for what is (by 2018 standards) a very reasonable contract. I also like it because there’s no way Iannetta will play more than half time, so to me it signals that Tom Murphy is still very much in their plans. (Wolters: why not as a super utility guy? He brings more to the mix than, say, an Amarista type). Ohtani: now that should be fun to watch. Please, please, Angels, let him… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago

How many home runs will Stanton hit with Yankee stadium as his home park?

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/12/yankees-marlins-reach-deal-for-stanton-still-awaiting-his-approval.html

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

No kidding. Some people are already conceding the AL East to the Yankees. Still, without pitching it probably won’t matter how many home runs they hit.

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago
Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago

Rockies and Cardinals are said to be pursuing Rays Alex Colome.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/12/cardinals-rockies-aggressively-pursuing-alex-colome.html

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Yes you did and Longoria said that the Rays have not discussed their off season plans with him.

roxnsox
roxnsox
2 years ago

I always liked Iannetta. I remember the total oooh-aaah when he blasted one (“when he hits it, it stays hit”)…hope he still brings that. I agree with Carp that splitting time with one of the other guys could work well. I don’t remember how he is as a defensive catcher, but he must have learned in the last few years and at least be serviceable. (One of those words that could mean Yes, good or No, not good enough.) Stanton… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago
Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago

From MLBTradeRumors “Rockies GM Jeff Bridich poured cold water on some speculation surrounding his team, telling Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post (all Twitter links) and other reporters that the Rox aren’t involved in trade talks for Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna. Bridich also said that the club doesn’t have the payroll capability to shop at the very top of the free agent market for players like J.D. Martinez or Eric Hosmer. One player Colorado is involved with is Wade Davis,… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
2 years ago

Now let’s get Santana at 1B. What I like best about him is low swings at pitches out of zone great BB/9 ratio.

Would u guys give up chips to get Billy Hamilton to roam CF? Or go with Tapia/Dahl/Desmond?

roxnsox
roxnsox
2 years ago

No! I think we’ve got enough speed (not Billy Hamilton speed) and better bats in our own guys.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
2 years ago

Strong offer on table for Holland and they are still talking. That will be quite a bullpen haul from the winter meetings if he joins Shaw and McGee.

Agbayani
Agbayani
2 years ago

Shaw is a perfectly fine signing. Looks like the market rate, and he’s about as reliably solid as they come. McGee on the other hand … ugh. I hate this. He’s been in a kind of classic decline since his last year in Tampa. Sure, he’ll have his rebound months – last year, he was good for half the season. But the bad streaks will continue to outweigh the good ones. Another signing today, and a guy I was hoping… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
2 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Agreed, it’s a head-scratcher on McGee and Holland. Wonder what the Rockies were/are thinking when the things you state are plain as day. The talking heads on TV yesterday loved it, though. They were practically raving about how good the Rockies’ bullpen is, now!

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago

The Rockies do not select anyone in the Rule 5 Draft but the Giants with the #2 pick select Rockies RHP Julian Fernandez.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/12/2017-rule-5-draft-results.html

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Rockies do make a selection in the AAA part of the Rule 5 Draft. “In the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft, the Rockies took left-hander Mitch Horachek with the 19th pick in the phase. Playing for Class A Frederick (Md.) last season, the 26-year-old native of Littleton, Colo., went 5-3 with a 3.88 ERA. He struck out 68 but gave up 58 hits in 53.1 innings on his way to a 1.54 WHIP. Opponents hit .270 against him… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago

Adames signs minor league deal with Marlins. “The Marlins signed infielder Cristhian Adames to a minor league contract, Antonio Puesan of Magnus Media reports (Twitter link). The deal contains an invitation to Miami’s Spring Training camp. All ten of Adames’ pro seasons have come in the Rockies organization, including 166 games at the Major League level over the last four seasons. Adames actually appeared in 121 games for Colorado in 2016, though largely in a backup infield role. Still just… Read more »

Doc
Doc
2 years ago

Do any of you have an answer to this exchange with Patrick Saunders of the DP? On MLB Network Radio this morning, Stan Kasten (part-owner and president of the Dodgers) described LA’s analytics department as “25-30 people, and I really have no idea what they do, but I know it’s really important.” How does this compare to the Rockies’ department in terms of both size and top-level involvement and understanding? Patrick: To be honest, I don’t know how many analytics… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago

Dodgers get below luxury tax threshold for 2018 with big trade with Braves temporarily bringing back Matt Kemp.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/12/dodgers-acquire-matt-kemp.html

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