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  1. Rockies reach two-year deal with Justin Morneau

    Dec 3, 2013, 9:48 PM EDT

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    This ultra-active day on the hot stove continues. According to beat writer Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies are “closing in on” a two-year contract with free agent first baseman Justin Morneau. No word yet on the financial terms. Morneau struggled mightily throughout the 2013 season, batting .259 with a .741 OPS in…

  2. The Rockies’ pursuit of Justin Morneau could “heat up” soon

    Nov 30, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    With Todd Helton now off to greener pastures, the Rockies need a new first baseman. You can expect them to start pursuing free agent Justin Morneau more heavily this week, tweets Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Morneau, now 32, was traded to the Pirates at the end of August after a 10 and a half…

  3. Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler, and mouthwatering moves

    Nov 21, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Opening monologue: How many players in baseball history have a name as incompatible as “Prince Fielder?” Crazy, right? It would be like Bud Harrelson being named “Crown Batter” or Randy Johnson being named “Elfin Junkballer,” or Alex Rodriguez being named “Innocent victim.” Am I right? And what’s the deal with all the questions they ask…

  4. Rockies interested in Mike Napoli, James Loney, Justin Morneau

    Nov 14, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Reports have varied regarding what type of offer the Red Sox have made to re-sign Mike Napoli, but in the meantime Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies have expressed interest in the free agent first baseman. Colorado’s first-round pick is protected, so signing Napoli would cost them a second-rounder instead after…

  5. Rockies willing to offer Carlos Ruiz multiple years

    Nov 11, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Carlos Ruiz AP

    Colorado’s interest in free agent catcher Carlos Ruiz has been well-reported and now Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are expected to make him a multi-year contract offer. Renck writes that it’s unclear if the Rockies are willing to go beyond two years on a deal, but for a 35-year-old catcher…

  6. Rockies offered $63 million for Jose Abreu

    Oct 28, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Cuban slugger Jose Abreu signed with the White Sox for six years and $68 million, and according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post the Rockies came up just short by bidding $63 million for the 26-year-old first baseman: Rockies’ ownership gave clearance to spend the money on Abreu. It’s unlikely that the Rockies would…

  7. At least Kolten Wong has someone to talk to about that game-ending pickoff play

    Oct 28, 2013, 7:53 AM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Four

    Matthew gave us Kolten Wong’s side of the story on that game-ending pickoff play last night. Here’s history’s side of the story. Via an email from my friend Mark Armour, I am reminded of another World Series pickoff play. It didn’t actually end a game, but it did end the last good chance for the…

  8. And That Happened: Sunday’s Scores and Highlights

    Sep 30, 2013, 5:00 AM EDT

    Henderson Alvarez

    Marlins 1, Tigers 0: It’s not often a 100-loss team ends the year with a beer shower celebration. But it’s not often a guy on a 100-loss team — or any team for that matter — tosses a no-hitter on the final day while winning via a walkoff wild pitch. Congratulations Henderson Alvarez. Sorry about…

  9. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 26, 2013, 7:04 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Minnesota Twins

    Tigers 1, Twins 0: The Tigers finally clinch the AL Central. It was a nail-biter, though, as they scored their lone run in the first inning and then held off the Twins all night long. Best part of their celebration? For the second year in a row Max Scherzer rocked the goggles with two different…

  10. Todd Helton got a horse from the Rockies

    Sep 25, 2013, 11:39 PM EDT

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    Yes, you did read the above headline correctly. Todd Helton, a first-round pick of the Rockies in 1995 who spent all 17 of his major league seasons with the organization, is playing the final home game of his career on Wednesday night at Coors Field. Helton hit a solo home run in the second inning…

  11. Watch Todd Helton fake out and then pick off Matt Carpenter

    Sep 19, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Todd Helton‘s baseball race is almost run, but he’s still got guile. Matt Carpenter on base. Watch Helton’s slick move: Old people may not be able to do everything they once did, but they can still make young people look silly on occasion.

  12. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 19, 2013, 7:12 AM EDT

    Chris Davis

    Orioles 5, Red Sox 3: Chris Davis with a two-run single in the 12th to win the game. Wei-Yin Chen gave up 11 hits but someone only three runs in five and two-thirds. Baltimore remains one back in the wild card. The Sox’ magic number for the division remains at three. Braves 5, Nationals 2: They’re…

  13. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 18, 2013, 6:18 AM EDT

    Ian Kinsler

    Rangers 7, Rays 1: The Rangers finally snap the skid. Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus homered and drove in three runs each to pull Texas back into a tie with Tampa Bay at the top of the wild card standings. Indians 5, Royals 3: Kansas City took a 3-0 lead into the sixth with the Indians…

  14. Appreciating the free-swinging excellence of Vlad Guerrero

    Sep 17, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT

    vlad getty

    Not too long ago, I was working on a project that (sadly) never quite got off the ground — it was a project to explore why we still love sports. Here we are surrounded by the horror of concussions and NCAA hypocrisy and PED use and countless other unsavory things … but we still love…

  15. The Roberto Clemente Award Nominees have been announced

    Sep 16, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Clemente

    The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Clayton Kershaw won it last year.  The 2013 nominees — one per team — were just announced and are listed below. And now my annual complaint, albeit a minor one: Baseball has set…

  16. Mark Kotsay will retire after the 2013 season

    Sep 15, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT

    mark kotsay getty

    From Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune: Mark Kotsay will retire as a player at the end of the season. “I know this is a good time physically and mentally for me to retire . . . these are my last games as a player,” Kotsay said Saturday before Atlanta’s Kris Medlen shut out…

  17. Todd Helton to retire after 17 seasons with Rockies

    Sep 15, 2013, 12:43 AM EDT

    Todd Helton

    Most figured the end was coming for Todd Helton. The 40-year-old first baseman confirmed it to the Denver Post’s Troy Renck on Saturday, announcing his retirement at season’s end. Helton said he felt going into 2013 that this would be his last year, though he has had second thoughts from time to time. “During the…

  18. Todd Helton doubles in the seventh for 2,500th career hit

    Sep 1, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Todd Helton

    Long time Rockies first baseman Todd Helton sliced a double down the left field line against Reds reliever Curtis Partch in the bottom of the seventh for his 2,500th career hit. Helton narrowly beat left fielder Chris Heisey‘s throw to second base for the double. There was a brief pause in the game as Helton…

  19. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 27, 2013, 6:43 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals Allen Craig hits a grand slam home run during the seventh inning of their National League MLB baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in St. Louis

    Cardinals 8, Reds 6: Down 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh, Allen Craig launched his first career grand slam to rally the redbirds. Matt Holliday had a three run homer. The win puts the Cards a half game ahead of the Pirates in the Central. Cincinnati is three and a half back. Dodgers 6,…

  20. ICYMI, Edwin Encarnacion is superb

    Aug 24, 2013, 10:57 PM EDT

    Edwin Encarnacion

    The Blue Jays are just going through the paces right now. Absent Jose Bautista, they’ve lost seven in a row and fallen to 57-73 on the season. The year’s most disappointing team, they have nothing left to play for. Just don’t tell Edwin Encarnacion that. He’s homered three times during the current seven-game losing streak.…

  21. Daisuke Matsuzaka roughed up by Tigers in Mets debut

    Aug 23, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    The Indians released Japanese right-handed starter Daisuke Matsuzaka on Tuesday after he posted a 3.92 ERA in 103.1 innings with Triple-A Columbus. The Mets signed him yesterday and immediately inserted him into the rotation to make his debut in Queens against the heavy-hitting Tigers, his first Major League appearance since October 3, 2012. The Tigers…

  22. Ichiro Suzuki, Warren Moon and amazing stories

    Aug 22, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki Reuters

    First of all, the Ichiro getting to 4,000 total hits thing is awesome. No qualifier. It’s awesome. Ichiro is a singular player, absolutely one-of-a-kind. No player in Major League Baseball history has stockpiled hits as quickly as Ichiro Suzuki. He has 2,722 hits in his first 13 seasons — that’s 175 more than Pete Rose.…

  23. Carlos Gonzalez may be placed on the disabled list with finger injury

    Aug 4, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez had been out of the lineup for the first three games of August due to a nagging finger injury, but was back in today as his team wrapped up their weekend set in Pittsburgh against the Pirates. He went 1-for-4 with a single, but reaggravated the injury in his final at-bat,…

  24. Carlos Gonzalez forced out of game with sprained middle finger

    Jul 7, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    It has been a hellish week for the Rockies, losers of seven of their last eight games. They lost starter Roy Oswalt to a hamstring injury in the second inning this afternoon, then lost outfielder Carlos Gonzalez to a right hand injury in the ninth inning just as they were ready to escape the Arizona…

  25. The best-hitting outfielder in baseball right now? Would you believe Michael Cuddyer?

    Jun 28, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Pardon me for the incredibly nerdy way of making this point, but the ratio between Michael Cuddyer‘s on-field production and the amount of press he’s received is way out of whack. Hardly anyone has talked about the guy, yet he rates as baseball’s fifth-best hitter overall, going by weighted on-base average (.424 wOBA). In fact,…

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