Colorado Rockies Wiretap

Rockies, Germain Marquez Agree On Five-Year, $43M Extension

Apr 2, 2019 7:14 PM

Starter Germán Márquez and the Colorado Rockies agreed Saturday on a five-year, $43 million contract extension, pending a physical, locking up the right-hander whose breakout second half helped fuel the Rockies to the 2018 postseason, league sources familiar with the deal told ESPN.

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MLB Attempting To Collectively Purchase RSNs From Disney

Mar 28, 2019 12:31 PM

MLB is seeking to gain control of local broadcasting agreements with teams and has placed a bid to purchase regional sports networks from Disney.

Disney acquired 22 RSNs as part of its $71 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox's entertainment business.

“There’s tremendous revenue disparity in our game, and I think that if we had more of a national model closer to where the NFL is it would solve a lot of those competitive issues for us, kind of level the playing field,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday.

“I think that all of the difficult issues for baseball, if you took that revenue disparity out of the picture, would be easier.”

The New York Yankees have a right of first refusal to buy back control of their YES Network and have arranged partners for their own deal. MLB wants to purchase the remaining networks.

“Strategically, it would be a very interesting move for us,” Manfred said during a breakfast at The Paley Center for Media.

“Our game has always had sort of a national broadcast component that’s come out of New York. But the bulk of our business has been local. And the idea of a central baseball having more control over local rights is one that’s really intriguing to us. If we do the transaction, we’ll do it on the theory that we will try to accumulate more.”

Leagues and teams are worried how the cord-cutting trend will impact this business.

“You’re buying an ongoing RSN business, which generates really significant profits right now,” Manfred said. “I think everybody knows that it’s probably going to degrade over time as the cable model erodes.

“I think for us, we’d be prepared to live with that, run out of profitability and at the end of that runout, assuming it comes to some sort of a hard end, we would be in control of the content, which we fundamentally believe in, and we think that holding it as a lead better positions us to figure out exactly what that next distribution model is going to look like for the benefit of the league, as opposed to having some kind of private equity firm owning the RSNs.”

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Nolan Arenado Finalizing Eight-Year, $260M Extension With Rockies

Feb 26, 2019 1:23 PM

The Colorado Rockies are finalizing an eight-year, $260 million contract extension with Nolan Arenado, according to league sources.

The deal, which includes a full no-trade clause, could last through the 2026 season.

Arenado could have become a free agent later this year.

The overall value of Arenado's deal will fall short of the $300 million Manny Machado received from the San Diego Padres, but will top Machado's $30 million a year salary.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Rockies, Bud Black Agree Upon Three-Year Extension

Feb 26, 2019 8:06 AM

The Colorado Rockies have agreed to a three-year contract extension with Bud Black.

Black has guided the Rockies to back-to-back playoff appearances.

The manager's contract now runs through the 2022 season.

"Buddy has seamlessly become part of our leadership fabric," Jeff Bridich said. "Our organization as a whole is better for it."

He has posted a 178-147 record since being named Colorado's manager. His .548 winning percentage is the best in franchise history.

Associated Press

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Rockies Moving Charlie Blackmon To Right Field

Feb 19, 2019 7:48 AM

The Colorado Rockies are moving Charlie Blackmon to right field.

Blackmon has played center field for the club since 2014. He's logged more games in center than anyone else in franchise history.

"[Bud Black] assured me this was going to help the Rockies win more games, and I'm all about that," Blackmon said.

Ian Desmond is slated to play center, while David Dahl will be in left.

"I really enjoy playing center field," Blackmon said. "I think you can impact the game in center field more than in either corner. There is a sense of pride in being able to play center field, especially at Coors Field. I'm not going to let that get in the way, especially if we think it is going to help us win more games.

"Ian Desmond is more than capable. Super-fast. Incredible athlete. I'm sure he'll pick up the slack just fine."

Associated Press

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Nolan Arenado's Looming Extension Could Affect Harper, Machado

Feb 5, 2019 8:04 AM

The Colorado Rockies are at "the finals" in extension talks with Nolan Arenado, according to owner Dick Monfort.

Arenado could hit free agency next offseason.

If he lands an extension worth around $250 million soon, it could lead to Bryce Harper and/or Manny Machado asking for that much -- if not more -- in free agency.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

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Rockies Optimistic They'll Sign Nolan Arenado Long-Term

Feb 4, 2019 8:10 AM

The Colorado Rockies are optimistic they can reach a long-term contract extension with Nolan Arenado.

The two sides finalized a one-year, $26 million deal last week.

"I think we've gotten it to the point where we're to the finals," owner Dick Monfort said. "We're to the crescendo."

Thomas Harding/MLB

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Nolan Arenado, Rockies Settle On One-Year, $26M Deal

Feb 1, 2019 8:00 AM

Nolan Arenado has agreed to a one-year, $26 million deal with the Colorado Rockies.

The contract sets a record for a one-year salary for an arbitration-eligible player.

"It feels good to have things settled," Arenado told the Associated Press. "I think it's good to have less things in the back of your mind and this is one of them. It's [a] great day -- great mutual respect between me, my agency and the club."

Over his past four seasons, Arenado's 158 home runs rank third in the Major Leagues and his 503 RBIs first.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

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Mark Reynolds Agrees To Minor League Deal With Rockies

Jan 31, 2019 7:52 AM

The Colorado Rockies have agreed to a Minor League deal with Mark Reynolds.

The pact includes an invitation to Spring Training. If he's added to the 40-man roster, Reynolds will receive a one-year, $1 million contract with the possibility of another $1 million in performance bonuses.

Associated Press

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Yankees, DJ LeMahieu Agree To Two-Year, $24M Deal

Jan 12, 2019 3:17 PM

DJ LeMahieu has reached an agreement with the New York Yankees on a two-year, $24 million deal, league sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.

LeMahieu will join the Yankees after seven impressive seasons with the Colorado Rockies that included two All-Star selections, three Gold Glove Awards and the 2016 National League batting title.

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Brian Dozier Drawing Interest From Rockies
The Rockies are only looking at short-term options involving Brian Dozier.

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Michael Saunders Signs Minor League Deal With Rockies
The 32-year-old last played in the Majors in 2017 with the Blue Jays.

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Daniel Murphy Agrees To Two-Year, $24M Deal With Rockies
Daniel Murphy is expected to play mostly first base for the Rockies.


Rockies Hire Dave Magadan As Hitting Coach
They finished with the lowest batting average in club history this past season.

Associated Press

Rockies Expected To Be Interested If Mariners Trade Carlos Santana
If the Mariners decide to trade Carlos Santana, the Rockies are expected to be in the mix.

Thomas Harding/MLB

Yankees Could Be Waiting For Nolan Arenado In 2019
Ken Rosenthal speculates that the Yankees may focus on fortifying their rotation this offseason and then try to sign Nolan Arenado next year.

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Rockies Decline Gerardo Parra's $12.5M Option
The Rockies will pay Parra a $1.5 million buyout.

Associated Press

Brewers Sweep Rockies, Advance To NLCS
The Brewers advance to their first NLCS since 2011.

Rockies Beat Cubs In 13 Innings To Reach NLDS
Tony Wolters hit a two-out RBI single in the top of the 13th inning to give the Rockies a 2-1 win over the Cubs in the National League Wild Card Game.

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Two NL Tiebreaker Games Needed
The Cubs will host the Brewers, while the Rockies will take on the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Monday.

Trevor Story Has No Structural Damage, Should Return Soon
Trevor Story left Monday night's game with elbow soreness, but the Rockies have received some good news regarding the injury.

CBS Sports

Trevor Story Makes History With 40th Double As Shortstop
Trevor Story is the first primary-position shortstop to reach 40 doubles, 30 home runs and 25 stolen bases in a season.


Rockies, Adam Ottavino Haven't Discussed New Contract
The Rockies have one of baseball's worst bullpens, but Adam Ottavino has excelled with a 2.11 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.

Patrick Saunders/Denver Post

Alex Bregman Blasts Umpires After 'Horrible' Interference Call
Alex Bregman wasn't happy with Major League Baseball's decision to overturn his extra-base hit in Wednesday's game between the Astros and Rockies after a replay review because of fan interference.


Teams Coveting Relievers In Trade With Reds
The Braves, Phillies, Red Sox and Rockies have all engaged the Reds in trade talks regarding relief pitchers.

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Carlos Gonzalez Will Earn 10-And-5 Rights On July 19
Carlos Gonzalez is playing on a one-year, $5 million contract.

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Rockies Send Jon Gray To Triple-A Albuquerque
Jon Gray was 7-7 with a 5.77 ERA in 17 starts for the Rockies this season.

Rockies, Charlie Blackmon Agree To Six-Year Deal
The Rockies and Charlie Blackmon have agree to a new contract that will keep him from testing free agency next offseason.


Rockies Re-Sign Carlos Gonzalez To One-Year Deal
The Rockies offered Carlos Gonzalez a four-year deal that he rejected last spring.


Nolan Arenado Not Expecting Extension From Rockies
It appears unlikely that the Rockies and Nolan Arenado will agree on a contract extension this season.

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