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Kyle Kendrick Received Mixed Messages From Phillies

May 19, 2015 7:45 AM

Kyle Kendrick, who spent his entire professional career with the Philadelphia Phillies before this season, says he received mixed messages from Ruben Amaro, Jr. upon his departure.

The 30-year-old signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Colorado Rockies.

"Would I would have liked to come back? Yeah, why not," Kendrick said of the Phillies. "It's the only place I know. But I was also excited to go somewhere else. These guys were interested -- very interested. You always want to be somewhere you're wanted. That was the main thing. Philly didn't want me, and these guys wanted me. That's the way it worked out."

Kendrick knew early in the offseason that he wouldn't be returning to the Phillies.
 
"Ruben called me about a week after the season and said we're going to go in a different direction, we're going to go younger," Kendrick said, "and then he signs Aaron Harang and Jerome Williams. So I was like, (huh). That's the way it is. Honestly I think it's just part of the game and wanted some different faces. That's the way it goes."

Ryan Lawrence/Philadelphia Daily News

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Colorado Rockies, Misc Rumor

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Rockies Place Justin Morneau On Concussion DL

May 17, 2015 2:16 AM

Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau, who has missed three games since he was injured while diving for a ground ball during Wednesday night's loss to the Angels, was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

In addition to his concussion symptoms, he has a cervical neck sprain.

The Rockies recalled infielder/outfielder Rafael Ynoa from Triple-A Albuquerque to fill Morneau's roster spot.

ESPN.com

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Tulowitzki Aware Of How Trade Demand Would Be Received

May 15, 2015 2:35 PM

Troy Tulowitzki has insisted that he won't request a trade from the Colorado Rockies, but that doesn't necessarily mean the shortstop wouldn't welcome a change of address.

Tulowitzki does "burn to win," according to someone who knows him well. The belief is also that he'd like to play in a big market, but Jon Heyman writes that "Everyone who knows him says similar things. But they also seem to think he cares a little too much about how it all looks."

The reality may be that Tulowitzki wants the Rockies to trade him, but he doesn't want to be the one who forces a move.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Tulowitzki Won't Demand Trade From Rockies

May 15, 2015 7:30 AM

Troy Tulowitzki says he won't demand a trade from the Colorado Rockies amid reports that he might be considering such an action.

"Whatever happens on the Rockies' end happens, but for me to sit here and try to force my way out of here, that's not the case," Tulowitzki said on Thursday. "I don't think it's fair to my teammates and the relationships I've built here to take that route."

Tulowitzki was responding to reports that he was meeting with agent Paul Cohen to discuss, among other topics, a trade demand.

"Anybody that knows me or has covered me for a long time, I'm pretty honest and straightforward," Tulowitzki said. "If I have an issue, I would take care of it myself. The last thing I would try to do is leak something and get it out there.

"The Rockies' ownership and myself have always been close, so there's no reason to try to leak something. I'd go straight to them."

ESPN

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Tulowitzki Unsure About Future Amid Trade Rumors

May 13, 2015 7:28 AM

Troy Tulowitzki is once again involved in trade rumors and the Colorado Rockies shortstop admitted he's unsure what his future holds.

"I really don't have a clue — honestly, " Tulowitzki said. "I just know that I don't want all of this hanging over my head every day I come to the ballpark. This game is hard enough as it is."

The New York Post reported Tuesday that Tulowitzki will meet with his agent, Paul Cohen, on Thursday morning in Los Angeles. The topic of a possible trade request is expected to be discussed.

"To say that it is not a possibility would be silly," Cohen told The Post.

Tulowitzki said he had not read the New York Post story, but said that he and Cohen will talk about his future, including a possible trade.

"It's a tough topic to talk about," Tulowitzki said. "But if it's being thrown around there, it's something I need to get addressed, because the last thing I want is to come to the field every day with that hanging over my head."

Patrick Saunders/Denver Post

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Report: Tulowitzki Could Ask For Trade

May 12, 2015 6:36 PM

Troy Tulowitzki will meet with his agent, Paul Cohen, for breakfast on Thursday morning in Los Angeles.

The pair are expected to discuss whether or not the shortstop should ask the Colorado Rockies for a trade.

"To say that it is not a possibility would be silly," Cohen told the New York Post.

Cohen said he "spent a tremendous amount of time" on the topic with Tulowitzki in the offseason. He explained "it doesn't take a rocket scientist" to see why the subject will be renewed now as the Rockies struggle.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Are The Rockies Getting Close To Dealing Tulowitzki?

May 12, 2015 4:42 PM

The Colorado Rockies are more than eight games out of first place in the National League West, bringing to light rumors about a Troy Tulowitzki trade once again.

The Rockies currently have just a 0.2% chance of winning the division and a 2.3% chance of grabbing a Wild Card berth.

The middle of May is early to consider selling stars, but Dave Cameron of FanGraphs writes that the club may be closer than ever to dealing Tulowitzki. If Colorado slides further out of the picture, teams will almost certainly begin calling about the start shortstop.

"While Tulo hasn’t been great thus far, his track record ensures there would be plenty of bidders for his services as long as he’s healthy. Right now, there’s no reason to think he’s not healthy. Given his history, though, future health is not guaranteed, and the longer the Rockies hold him, the more likely it is Tulo once again will make himself unavailable due to injury," Cameron writes.

"There’s significant risk involved with holding Tulo too long, and the Rockies should be aggressively trying to divest themselves of that risk while the market for him remains strong."

Dave Cameron/Fan Graphs

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect

May 8, 2015 4:22 PM

Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

"This year's draft class is indeed one of the weakest in recent memory, not just at the top of the first round, but also in specific areas that are usually deeper, such as college starting pitching and catchers of any stripe. There is, however, a lot of depth in the middle infield," writes Law.

Brendan Rodgers, a shortstop out of Lake Mary High School (FL), is ranked first on Law's list.

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Eddie Rosario Homers On First Major League Pitch

May 7, 2015 9:19 AM

Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario homered on the first pitch he saw in his first Major League at-bat on Wednesday night.

The 23-year-old was called up earlier this week and started Wednesday.

Rosario became the first Twins player to homer on his first big league pitch and just the 29th player in Major League history to accomplish the feat.

"It was an awesome moment," Rosario said. "To have your first-bat and hit the first pitch for a home run. I was just trying to be aggressive."

The last player to homer on the first pitch of a career was Starling Marte with the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 26, 2012.

Rhett Bollinger/MLB

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Rockies Comfortable With Axford As Closer

May 6, 2015 4:00 PM

The Colorado Rockies are comfortable with John Axford as their closer with Adam Ottavino possibly done for the season with a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament.

"He's got a slow heartbeat in the ninth inning," Walt Weiss said of Axford. "He's got the weapons to get three of the toughest outs in the game."

Axford missed time last month to be with his 2-year-old son, Jameson, who was bitten twice on a foot by a rattlesnake.

He has saved three games with five scoreless innings pitched, giving up three hits while striking out six and walking two batters.

ESPN

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Misc Rumor

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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick
The Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released
Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Reds on Wednesda

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Rockies Go With Adam Ottavino As Closer
Walt Weiss praised Adam Ottavino's stuff as well as his maturity and experience to take on the ninth-inning duties.

Associated Press

Rockies Take Closer Job From Hawkins
The 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.

Associated Press

Axford Leaves Rockies To Tend To Young Son
The 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.

Associated Press

MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Rockies Tie Record With 12 Doubles Through Two Games
The 1912 New York Giants also had 12 two-base hits through two games.

Thomas Harding/MLB

Carlos Gonzalez Pain Free After Knee Scare
Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez felt pain in his left knee and panicked during Friday night's game.

Yahoo.com

Tulowitzki On Rockies: 'I Want To Win Here'
Troy 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.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

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

Associated Press

Kendrick To Start Opener For Rockies
Kyle Kendrick, 30, signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Rockies last month.

Associated Press

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.

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