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Rockies Go With Adam Ottavino As Closer

Apr 16, 2015 7:18 AM

Walt Weiss announced before Wednesday's game that the Colorado Rockies will use Adam Ottavino as their closer.

"He saw himself as a guy that could close out games at some point in his career," Weiss said. "That was his goal, and he's worked hard to put himself in that position."

The Rockies removed LaTroy Hawkins from the position Monday after he blew a save against the Chicago Cubs the previous day.

Weiss praised Ottavino's stuff as well as his maturity and experience to take on the ninth-inning duties.

Associated Press

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Rockies Take Closer Job From Hawkins

Apr 13, 2015 5:19 PM

The Colorado Rockies have removed LaTroy Hawkins as their closer, but Walt Weiss isn't ruling out a return to the position for the 42-year-old.

Weiss spoke with Hawkins on Monday and called it a "short-term breather" for the reliever, who plans to retire after this season.

Hawkins blew a save against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday at Coors Field.

Weiss expected to use Rafael Betancourt in a save situation Monday against the San Francisco Giants.

"[Betancourt] has thrown well, and he's done it a lot," the manager said.

Associated Press

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Axford Leaves Rockies To Tend To Young Son

Apr 13, 2015 7:17 AM

The Colorado Rockies have placed John Axford on the family medical emergency list, allowing the right-hander to tend to his young son, who was bitten by a rattlesnake last month in Arizona.

Axford said his son had surgery Monday on his right foot to remove necrotic tissue. Axford said the toes of 2-year-old Jameson "look fine," but doctors are trying to improve mobility as they combat infection.

Jameson will board an emergency medical flight Monday to Denver for more treatment.

"We still have a long road, a long process to go," Axford said. "But at least I'll be able to be closer to him."

Axford will be out at least three days and a maximum of a week.

Associated Press

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots

Apr 8, 2015 4:53 PM

Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who have the first overall pick, will have more than $8.6 million to spend on all selections.

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Rockies Tie Record With 12 Doubles Through Two Games

Apr 8, 2015 7:54 AM

The Colorado Rockies tied a Major League record with 12 doubles through their first two games.

The 1912 New York Giants also had 12 two-base hits through two games.

Colorado is 2-0 for just the fourth time in its 23-year history. They have scored 15 runs, the most in baseball.

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Carlos Gonzalez Pain Free After Knee Scare

Mar 30, 2015 1:15 AM

Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez felt pain in his surgically repaired left knee and panicked.

''I was really scared because all of the things I went through in the offseason,'' he said Sunday. ''And then you start feeling weak again.''

Gonzalez declared himself pain-free Sunday, two days after leaving early in a game against San Diego.

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Tulowitzki On Rockies: 'I Want To Win Here'

Mar 27, 2015 8:38 AM

When asked if he wants to remain with the Colorado Rockies, Troy Tulowitzki pointed to another goal.

"I want to win here," Tulowitzki said.

Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez signed huge contract extensions with the Rockies four years ago, but the duo has struggled to remain healthy and Colorado has struggled to contend.

"It's so frustrating," Gonzalez said. "When Tulo and I signed a contract almost the same time, our goal was not to just sign a contract, but to stay together and win together. That's something we want to do so bad.

"It just hasn't happened."

Tulowitzki has not publicly asked to be traded, but he has shared his sentiments with general manager Jeff Bridich, who has promised to keep Tulowitzki informed about trade talks.

"We had conversations this winter, and Tulo has an understanding what we're thinking,'' Bridich said. "And we have a general understating how Tulo is viewing the team here and how views the rest of baseball."

Tulowitzki is one of the best shortstops in baseball when on the field.

"But I want to win,'' Tulowitzki says. "I think a lot of people talk about winning, but I don't know if they're fully invested in that. The only years I've had fun here is the years we won. So I want to go back to having fun again.

"It's not just a matter of me and (Gonzalez) staying healthy. People read too much into that. People think if we're healthy, it automatically means we're a good team. That's not the case. Our injuries shouldn't be an excuse.''

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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B

Mar 26, 2015 10:02 AM

The average Major League Baseball team is worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.

The valuation represents a 48 percent increase from last year.

The reason for the growth is the national television deal, which the magazine notes will deliver an average of $52 million per team per year through the 2021 season.

The New York Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark. The Dallas Cowboys were estimated to be worth $3.2 billion by Forbes last August.

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Rockies Release Jhoulys Chacin

Mar 23, 2015 8:19 AM

The Colorado Rockies have released Jhoulys Chacin, who had struggled this spring.

After going 1-7 with a 5.40 ERA last year, Chacin had a 6.52 ERA in four appearances in Cactus League games, two starts.

"It's a tough day," Walt Weiss said. "A tough day for us, for me having to have that conversation with Jhoulys, who has been a warrior for us."

The reason for the move, Weiss said, was that the club had brought in a number of starting candidates and, "We just felt like Jhoulys was behind a few of the other guys."

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Kendrick To Start Opener For Rockies

Mar 19, 2015 7:41 AM

The Colorado Rockies have tabbed Kyle Kendrick to start on Opening Day.

Colorado will open the season on April 6 in Milwaukee.

Kendrick, 30, signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Rockies last month after spending the past eight seasons in Philadelphia.

Associated Press

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Rosario Getting Comfortable At First For Rockies
Wilin Rosario could increase his playing time this season by playing first base for the Rockies.

Thomas Harding/MLB

Rockies Add John Axford To Bullpen Corps
John Axford appeared in 62 games with the Indians and Pirates last season.

ESPN.com

Rockies Beat Rosario In Salary Arbitration
Wilin Rosario was awarded a $2.8 million salary instead of his $3.3 million request on Wednesday.

Associated Press

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Kyle Kendrick, Rockies Agree To $5.5M Deal
The Rockies have agreed to a one-year, $5.5 million deal with Kyle Kendrick, according to multiple reports.

ESPN

John Axford Reaches Deal With Rockies
John Axford will attempt to earn the job as Colorado's setup man for closer Latroy Hawkins.

Associated Press

Braves Trade David Hale To Rockies
The Braves have traded David Hale and Gus Schlosser to the Rockies for Minor League catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O'Dowd.

Associated Press

Troy Tulowitzki Insists He's Healthy
Troy Tulowitzki feels he can stay healthy for an entire season.

ESPN.com

Rockies Didn't Make Offer To Shields
There were rumors earlier this month that the Rockies may have been the mystery team that offered James Shields a five-year, $110 million contract.

Patrick Saunders/Denver Post

Rockies Won't Trade Tulowitzki To Mets
Rockies owner Charlie Monfort appears to have put an end to rumors that the Mets could acquire Troy Tulowitzki.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Mets Expect To Trade Gee Within '7-10 Days'
Where James Shields ends up signing could have an impact on the timetable for a deal.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Giants, Padres, Rockies Interested In Gee
The Mets have been actively discussing the 28-year-old right-hander in trade talks.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Rockies Getting Calls About Drew Stubbs
Drew Stubbs, who is in his final season of arbitration, could be a valuable asset on the trade market.

Thomas Harding/MLB

Rockies Agree To Two-Year Deal With Hundley
Nick Hundley will earn more than $6 million over the course of the deal.

Thomas Harding/MLB

Yankees Check With Rockies On Tulowitzki
A few clubs inquired with the Rockies amid reports that the Mets were discussing the shortstop last week.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tulowitzki Focusing On Rehab Despite Trade Rumors
Reports that the Mets will trade for Troy Tulowitzki have circulated since before the July trade deadline.

MLB.com

Mets, Rockies Quietly Discussing Tulowitzki
Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard is said to be the centerpiece of discussions, but there is still a long way to go in negotiations.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Rockies, Descalso Agree To Two-Year Deal
Daniel Descalso will receive a guaranteed $3.6 million over the two seasons with an opportunity to earn an additional $1 million in performance bonuses.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Mets Discussing Gee With Multiple Teams
The Rangers, Rockies, Twins and Giants have been linked to Dillon Gee.

Andy Martino/New York Daily News

Dodgers Acquire Nicasio From Rockies
The Dodgers have acquired Juan Nicasio from the Rockies for a player to be named or cash.

Mark Saxon/ESPN