HOT STOVE 2016

One last big RWO Hot Stove push before Spring Training kicks in fully.  Here is your chance to start “fresh” with your thoughts on what went right, wrong or not at all during the offseason.  What have you heard that’s coming up and what would you like to see before spring first pitch?  Let’s blow this sucker up like past Hot Stove threads and keep it goin’ till the Purple Kool-Aid’s a flowin’!!!

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Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

roxnsox, excellent question on Matt Holliday. I looked up his prospect ratings. – 7th round pick out of high school – made an immediate impression in Rookie League ball as an 18 year old, then put up pretty ordinary numbers in the minors till he was called up – NEVER made a Baseball America Top 100 list As for fielding, if I remember correctly he was a 3rd baseman who got moved to LF because old football injuries caused him… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Ian Desmond I posted this wacky thought on Purple Row: Disclaimer #1 – personally, I’m in favor of holding the 38th pick Disclaimer #2 – I’m going to use very broad numbers for the sake of the “discussion.” I realize they’re not exactly correct. Jose Reyes is owed very roughly 44M over the next 2 years. That’s 136K per game. Let’s say his DV suspension is 75 games (it’s got to be more than the first offence PED suspension, right?).… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Ian Desmond’s numbers are in a free fall the last three-four years. I’d rather take Adames/Descalso/Ynoa/DJLM (remember he has played a little ss) and keep the #38 pick.

Projections by the various sabermetrics sources are not very kind to Desmond.

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago

DJ signs 2 year $7.8MM deal to avoid arbitration. His was the last remaining arbitration case in all of ML baseball.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2016/02/rockies-extend-dj-lemahieu.html

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

I sort of like this deal. If he plays well again, I can see him being attractive at the deadline with a short-term, reasonable contract like this.

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago

Rockies claim Tony Wolters C/IF from the Indians.

Ottavino transferred to 60 day DL to make room on the 40 man roster.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2016/02/rockies-claim-tony-wolters-waivers-indians.html

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Wolters – this worth a read:

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/67438262/bernie-pleskoff-indians-prospect-tony-wolters-has-right-stuff-for-transition-to-catcher

I have to say, while being a long shot for sure, this pickup is pretty darn intriguing. The kid is 23. Was #11 Prospect in an Organizarion that typically has a solid Farm. I’m curious to see if the Rox view him as a sleeper, late developing Catcher OR a reserve MIer that can catch in a pinch.

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Wolters sounds a little Jordan Pacheco-y to me …

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Pacheco-y’s calling card (not that it was a strong card) was offense. Sounds as though Wolters’s card may be defense.

roxnsox
roxnsox
4 years ago

Hey guys (and girls), I’m thinking I might need another team(s) to watch this year if/when the Rockies are too depressing. (Yes, as a fan since they were but a twinkle in the eyes of the region’s baseball lovers, I reserve the right to speak in that manner. Ha!) I don’t know how the Red Sox are supposed to do, but I’ll always give them some attention. (I’m ducking out of the way as some of you throw things.) Also,… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

I can’t help with the extra innings question. In fact, I’m equally interested to read some info from others. Regarding other teams, I’m a Rockies fan first, but also a fan of baseball in general. In years that the Rox are out of the race early (the last 5 for example!) I almost always find myself adopting another team short term. I’m a sucker for the small market, lower payroll teams that are well put together/managed. The Rays, A’s, and… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
4 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Check this out this webpage: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/subscriptions/index.jsp?content=products&c_id=mlb Click on your device or manufacturer and check the list of supported gear. Looks like many newer devices include the mlb.tv app and will let you stream your subscription directly to your TV without a computer. In my case, my Blu-Ray player and TV are both a year or two too old and cannot access my subscription. I have to connect my laptop by HDMI cable to view on my big screen. Hope this… Read more »

jaredean
jaredean
4 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

I’ve been a very happy MLBtv user for many years. It honestly is very nice to be able to use it with my phone, ipad, computer and TV to catch games. They are really the best service for any sport out there, bar none. There area bunch of changes coming with the class action lawsuit and blackouts. The dust hasn’t quite settled, but it looks like you might have a little bit more flexibility when watching your out of market… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago

Christian Friedrich waiver claim reversed and he has been returned to the Rockies. The Rockies have released him. The waiver reversal was due to a medical evaluation made by the Angels.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2016/02/angels-return-christian-friedrich-rockies-released.html

JulieG
JulieG
4 years ago

I have followed the Cubbies for along time, since the Braves moved to Atlanta. The Rockies are my team, but I am always checking up on the Cubs.

Gary
Gary
4 years ago
Reply to  JulieG

Could finally be the year!

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  JulieG

The only thing the Cubs lack is an elite Bullpen. But they can work on that as the season progress. Couple this with what I believe will be some regression from the Cards and Pirates and they’re in good shape in the Central. From there…..it’s a matter of getting hot for the playoffs.

Jared Dean Blanchard
Jared Dean Blanchard
4 years ago

Apparently we are done before we started…nice to see it in print 😉

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/25490557/almost-guaranteed-these-six-teams-wont-contend-in-2016

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
4 years ago

Is this the same media that said Trump would be long gone by now? I certainly am not making a political statement, just pointing out how wrong the media can be. Maybe a better example is the widespread predictions that the Steelers, Patriots, and most certainly the Panthers would end the Broncos season.

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago

Chad Bettis predicted to be in top ten at risk for Tommy John surgery.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2016/02/predicting-tommy-john-surgeries.html

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Thanks Bob. I read this when it came out. I’m fascinated by stuff like this. I like this quote: “Altitude of Home Park: Despite the considerable effort it took to match up each player’s home park with their park’s altitude, this attribute appears to have no effect on TJS. One might suspect that environmental issues impact the prevalence of certain injuries, but we can cross off altitude for now.” Sadly – last year in our 2015 Rockies prediction thread, I… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago

Temporarily the Rockies have an opening on their 40 man roster. Jose Reyes has been placed on paid leave by MLB and will miss all of spring training.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2016/02/jose-reyes-paid-leave-rockies.html

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
4 years ago

The Rockies are in crappy situation.

They have to pay the guy.
He can’t practice.

As awful as it is to say it, as a Rockies fan our best hope is he’s found guilty.

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Prog – as I understand this (and I could be wrong!) players don’t get paid during Spring Training. Then, once the official suspension begins, the Rox are not on the hook for paying him while suspended. Last year, as we approached the waiver deadline (remember, Reyes easily passed through waivers), he was owed about +/- 48M. I thought we’d be really lucky to get a receiving team take 10M of his salary. So in my opinion, we were going to… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago

My understanding is that normally the players get paid 6 months out of the year. However players that make a lot of money often have their payments spread over all 12 months. It was said that Jose Reyes is one of the players that gets paid every month so he will get paid during spring training.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Have to admit I can’t stomach the thought enough to read a full article. All the headlines I’ve read say its a “paid” suspension so I only assumed that it was as you described.

Jeem
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Jeem
4 years ago

Just back from the Sunshine State where word is the Marlins have a new manager, Don Mattingly, and hitting coach, Barry Bonds, and may not wear facial hair. Their fans, all 54 of them, are squirming with anticipation!

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago

Dexter Fowler thought to have a 3 year $33MM deal in place with the Orioles signs with the Cubs on a one year deal for $8MM plus a $9MM option year with a $5MM buyout.

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

In my opinion, the Orioles are following the same path the Angels have followed. A bunch of weird trades and FA signings mostly at the expense of their Farm Systems. I think both are headed for a train wrecks in the near future…..they may eek out good seasons this year….but they’ll both unravel by 17 or 18.

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago
ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Very good player for the Rockies. Shame he was only our set up man in 2009 rather than the closer because I think that series against Philly might have ended differently.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Very good article over on Purple Row:

http://www.purplerow.com/2016/2/26/11118786/these-rockies-stink-against-left-handed-pitching

Worth a read….although you may not like outcome!

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Read that article; I already thought of that as a possibility since we signed Parra. I’m already waving the white flag on the offensive side of the ball and will be focused on pitching as a fan as we have several prospects getting close to the majors and they are upgrades over scrap heap signings. For this year, I don’t care if we average one run a game, but I consider it a very successful season if we can keep… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

For the life of me, I’m not sure why we didn’t chase Austin Jackson (maybe we did, maybe there’s more to the story) harder. Right handed. Can play CF. Solid defender. Cheaper. Shorter contract.

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Ahh, spring training, when every prospect is a future star, and every oft-injured veteran reports “in the best shape of his life” … http://www.denverpost.com/rockies/ci_29558338/carlos-gonzalez-best-shape-life-primed-big-season-rockies …(Pablo Sandoval excepted) … … and every 26 year old former first round pick is suddenly ready to fulfill his potential: http://www.denverpost.com/rockies/ci_29558338/carlos-gonzalez-best-shape-life-primed-big-season-rockies Yes, this is stupidly cynical and I deserve everyone’s scorn. But ask yourself: when’s the last time you read a Spring Training story that says “Top Prospect Fails to Impress in Early Sessions,” or… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

Nick Groke reporting via Twitter David Hale pulled a hammy today. Not good for a borderline guy in what’s become a crowded bullpen competition.

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

Ian Desmond to the Rangers for 1 year. They give up the 19th pick for 1 year. They must really like their chances this year (the AL West is weak on paper). I read an interesting article from one of the routine FanGraphs contribututers (sorry – no link) suggesting one simple way to improve the QO/CP dilemma is tweaking the rule such that if the FA ends up signing a 1 year deal with another team under the original QO,… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Really, really, really good news…..from RotoWorld: “Rockies infield prospect Ryan McMahon will play first base this spring. The club’s top corner infield prospect is blocked at third base by Nolan Arenado, so a move across the diamond makes sense. McMahon has only played third base in his first 317 games at the professional level, but a move to first shouldn’t be difficult. He’s slated to start 2015 at Double-A Hartford. “He’s still a third baseman,” Rockies assistant general manager Zach… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

Tulo can’t get over the trade just yet….Now NoDo is not happy with Tulo’s comments as printed in today’s USA Today’s article. I’m starting to admire NoDo more and more. First he dumped Bor-ass as his agent and now he’s standing up for the Rockies even though he has always been friends with Tulo.
http://blogs.denverpost.com/rockies/2016/02/29/21489/21489/

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Tulo is a dork. I new it from the time I heard the Miley Cyrus walk-up song (all snark intended)! I like the reference to “they way a Spring Training facility should be” when referencing the Jays. By my count, Tulo’s first Spring with the Rox was probably 2006 at Hi Corbett. Hi Corbett was not a bad place……..in fact, I quite enjoyed my one ST visit there. I’m willing to bet it’s significantly better than the Dunedin Jay’s facility… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

RMH – I think Tulo’s 2K16 walkup song should be the “tight pants” song from the Jimmy Fallon show. It’s so perfect for him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nv7Ts4v5_Bs

Jeem
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Jeem
4 years ago

What Tulo meant to say: “Jesus, this place is primitive!”

roxnsox
roxnsox
4 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

Good Lord, I miss my country club training facility!

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Ideas for topics on new website:

2016 ST Game thread
2016 Predictions
Link to 2015 Predictions
Walk-up Song Nominees

jaredean
jaredean
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

oooohhh…i like the direction this is going! i’m working hard to bring the new site to the masses, but sadly it took a big step backwards. The person i hired to help me make the transition did it incorrectly. I have the site look pretty cool, but it isn’t functioning like it should. I needed to hire a new person to fix the issues and he said it will take some time. 🙁 So i had the new person fix… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

No worries and thanks!

Gary
Gary
4 years ago

Everyone’s favorite Drew Stubbs signs minor league deal with the Rangers.

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

Ryu is dinged up as well.

But before you celebrate, this may just force them to bring up Julio Urias (although they’ll of course deny it) earlier than anticipated. And that’s not good for the NL West. He’s (much) better than Ryu or Anderson.

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

Random ST thoughts after 2 games. First, I don’t look at results per se…..I look more at athleticism. Matzek couldn’t find the zone. What concerns me more is that he barely hit 90. His day as a baseball player are nearly done. Dahl is a grown man now! DJ also took his fitness seriously this offseason. Butler struggled in theory, but hit 96-98. I like that. I’ve not been a believer. But those numbers turned my head. Justin Miller is… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago

Christian Friedrich signs Minor League deal with spring training invite with the Padres.

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

carp (and others in AZ), keep those spring training reports coming! I’m really high on Dahl, just on my going-against-stats grain (for me) of “pure talent usually comes through.” Tapia is an interesting one — I saw a tiny bit of him last spring (not enough to say anything except “he’s really skinny”) — free swinging bad ball hitters usually don’t make it unless they have power, which he doesn’t … yet. I’ll give Matzek another chance simply because (unlike… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago

Rockies sign Ryan Raburn to minor league deal.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2016/03/rockies-sign-ryan-raburn.html

Franklin Morales signs minor league deal with Brewers.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
4 years ago

Is Raburn essentially a fallback if Reynolds and/or Barnes fail?

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Perhaps a Barnes fallback.

Perhaps insurance in case Cargo is traded.

Jairo Diaz and these two awful words – “Elbow Discomfort.”

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

Another head scratcher: http://m.rockies.mlb.com/news/article/166311742/rockies-prospect-miguel-castro-throws Miguel Castro to remain a Relief Pitcher. I don’t have a problem with this (from the Castro side of the equation). For the life of me I don’t understand why sometimes RPers are afterthoughts (to some Clubs). Of course with teams like the Yankees assembling Betances, Miller, and Chapman…..it’s not fair to say everyone undervalues them. I do have a problem with this from the BSCS side of the equation. Why sign Chad Qualls? If Castro… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Castro – it is a headscratcher since he just turned 21 in December and he has a couple options left. I wonder if it’s a coincidence that Jairo Diaz goes down the day before they announce this … there’s still an undercurrent of desperation in the Rockies that is keeping them from saying “we’re rebuilding.” Carp, as you’ve pointed out before, Castro may ultimately profile as a reliever, but again, what’s the rush? I’d be inclined to give him at… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Getting into “solely my opinion” territory – so take it for what it’s worth: 1. Bridich generally knows what to do. 2. Monfort is meddling. Wants to win now. Doesn’t understand it’s not possible. 3. So a warped compromise is being implemented. Bridich is still making moves with the future in mind while simultaneously flushing money down the toilet to go from maybe 62 wins to maybe 68 wins this year. 4. I think not moving Cargo is the result… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

Hoffman/Dahl/Tapia!

My Spring Training agenda is mostly set. Have it worked out to see 7 teams in 4 days. 4 separate Ball Parks. Reds/Rangers/Dodgers/A’s/Indians/Brewers/Rockies (twice). Aiming for the Clubs with good Farms. Will report back…..without purple tinted glasses,

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

Sometimes logical things DO happen: Austin Jackson to CWS for 1 year, 5M. That will end Cargo to CWS rumors (many started by me!). The WS get a solid defensive CFer for a short and cheap commitment. That’s better than assuming Cargo’s 37M and giving up a top Prospect. This is part of the reason I think we over-value our players sometimes. Teams have multiple options. Here are the WS options: A. Jackson – 1 year, 5M. B. Trade top… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago
Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Tapia, Dahl, Hoffman, Freeland – from the box score, it looks like they were all impressive today. Looking at the roster, it seems to me that there’d have to be a big upset or injury to change what looks like the opening day roster: Hundley, Murphy Paulsen, Reynolds (platoon I hope) LeMahieu/Descalso Story OR Adames (I hope Story goes north as the starter) Arenado Parra/Raburn (again, a platoon I hope) Blackmon/Barnes Cargo That allows for 12 pitchers. Of course, it… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Adames will either make the 25 man roster or he will be DFAed since he is out of options. The same applies for Chatwood, Miller and Rusin.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I think Tom Murphy starts the season at AAA cuz he’ll be more happy playing everyday until an injury happens or Hundley leaves after 2016 season. Don’t forget Murphy will have to earn his job everyday with Dom Nunez moving rapidly thru the farm system. So I predict it will be Doug Garneau as the backup catcher this year. He’ll be more than happy to have this once-in-a-lifetime chance to be a major leaguer this year with his low ceiling… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago
Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago
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