Rockies hot stove tracker: Trade for closer Alex Colome in works?

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Coming off their first playoff appearance since 2009, the Rockies believe they have a chance to get back in the hunt in 2018. But in order to do that, they’ll have to retool at some key positions: closer, catcher, first base and right field. Here is an update on where the Rockies’ offseason stands: Closer/bullpen: The Rockies, as well as the Cardinals, have been linked

Jack Morris, Alan Trammell elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Fittingly, Jack Morris reached the Hall of Fame in extra innings. Morris was elected to the Hall by its Modern Era committee on Sunday along with former Detroit Tigers teammate Alan Trammell, completing a joint journey from Motown to Cooperstown. The big-game pitcher and star shortstop were picked by 16 voters who considered 10 candidates whose biggest contributions came from 1970-87. Morris got 14 votes

Catcher Chris Iannetta returns to Rockies with 2-year, $8.5 million deal

Veteran catcher Chris Iannetta is returning to the Rockies. The free agent agreed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract Friday. Iannetta, who turns 35 on April 8, batted .254 with 17 home runs and 43 RBIs in 89 games for Arizona in 2017. The Rockies hope he can provide a veteran presence behind the plate to match up with their young pitching staff. Jonathan Lucroy, who thrived for the Rockies last

With Giancarlo Stanton trade, Yankees have all but stumbled into a historic power lineup

It would be difficult to argue the New York Yankees needed Giancarlo Stanton, the towering, slugging outfielder whose onerous contract the Miami Marlins were shopping around this winter. The Yankees have spent the last few years getting younger and leaner, and in Aaron Judge, the American League rookie of the year, they had not only a virtual clone of Stanton, in both size and skills, but one who was younger

Angels welcome Shohei Ohtani, plot course for 2-way Japanese star

ANAHEIM, Calif. — General manager Billy Eppler rose from his seat in rapturous joy when he got the phone call telling him Shohei Ohtani wanted to join the Los Angeles Angels. When Eppler attempted to sit back down, he missed his chair completely, sprawling onto the floor. Ohtani has inspired strong reactions ever since the world became aware of the Japanese star’s formidable talent as both a pitcher and a

Yankees agree to a trade with Marlins for slugger Giancarlo Stanton, per AP source

MIAMI — After helping the New York Yankees to five World Series titles, Derek Jeter might help them win another. The Yankees and Jeter’s Miami Marlins have agreed to a trade that would send slugger Giancarlo Stanton to New York, pending a physical, a person familiar with the negotiations said Saturday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams hadn’t announced the agreement. Stanton

Giants, Cardinals say no trades for NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton

SAN FRANCISCO — Giancarlo Stanton has ruled out the San Francisco Giants. St. Louis, too. The Giants announced Friday they were no longer in the mix to work out a trade for the Marlins slugger and NL MVP after having reached the parameters of a deal with new Miami CEO Derek Jeter and his team. “Our agreement with the Marlins to acquire Giancarlo Stanton subject to his waiving of the

Atlanta Braves’ Triple-A team gets new nickname: Stripers

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — The Atlanta Braves’ Triple-A farm team has a new nickname. In a real curveball, it’s not one of the six finalists. The former Gwinnett Braves, a team located in Atlanta’s sprawling northern suburbs, announced Friday their new moniker is the Stripers — a tribute to striped bass fishing on Lake Lanier. The attendance-challenged franchise decided to change its name to create a distinctive identity and eliminate confusion

Rockies head to winter meetings searching for new closer, possible corner power

The window to win is open, but for how long? Coming off an 87-75 record and their first playoff appearance in eight years, the Rockies seem primed to take another step forward in 2018. But there are major issues that must be addressed this offseason in order for the Rockies to repeat as a contender. Topping the to-do list for general manager Jeff Bridich and his front office is rebuilding

Shohei Ohtani signs with the Los Angeles Angels, per report

Two-way Japanese star Shohei Ohtani has signed with the Los Angeles Angels, according to a report by Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. Ohtani signs with the #Angels. — Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) December 8, 2017 In five seasons with the Nippon Ham Fighters of the top professional league in Japan, Ohtani was 42-15 with a 2.52 ERA, 1.076 WHIP, and 624 strikeouts in 543 innings pitched. He also had

Lunch Special: Any chance the Rockies land Shohei Ohtani?

The Denver Post’s Patrick Saunders answered your questions about the Rockies in a live chat. Here are some highlights: Let’s say Greg Holland ends up signing elsewhere. Who are our best options as closer next year? I’m voting for Senzatela. Patrick: I think Senzatela could become a closer, but after talking to Jeff Bridich on Tuesday, I don’t get the sense that is in the Rox plans. I think they

Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman changes number to honor Roy Halladay

BALTIMORE — Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman will wear No. 34 next season as a tribute to Roy Halladay, who was killed in a plane crash last month. Gausman announced the switch Thursday on his Twitter account. The right-hander wore No. 39 last year. In honor of Roy #34 pic.twitter.com/iuA28LNd1I — Kevin Gausman (@KevinGausman) December 7, 2017 Gausman and Halladay are both from Colorado, and the Orioles pitcher said he followed

Tyler Chatwood, Chicago Cubs agree to 3-year, $38 million deal

CHICAGO — Right-hander Tyler Chatwood and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a $38 million, three-year contract. The Cubs announced the agreement on Thursday. Chatwood is joining a team with three straight NL Championship Series appearances and a World Series title in 2016. He figures to slot into the rotation behind Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana. Chatwood, who turns 28 next week, was 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA

Tyler Chatwood signs 3-year, $38 million deal with Cubs

Tyler Chatwood is getting a fresh start in the Windy City. The former Rockies right-hander signed a three-year, free-agent contract with the Chicago Cubs Thursday. The deal is worth $38 million. Related Articles Lunch Special: Any chance the Rockies land Shohei Ohtani? Rockies’ Chad Bettis wins Tony Conigliaro Award after battling back from cancer Saunders: Rockies’ Jeff Bridich expresses confidence in Trevor Story, Ian Desmond GM Jeff Bridich says Rockies’

Rockies’ Chad Bettis wins Tony Conigliaro Award after battling back from cancer

When Chad Bettis was waging his battle against cancer, his thoughts and prayers centered on getting well for the sake of his wife, Kristina, and his new-born daughter, Everleigh Rae. Bettis’ return as a Rockies starting pitcher was next on his list. The notion of being an inspiration for others came later. But that’s what happened. Wednesday, the veteran right-hander was selected as the recipient of the 2017 Tony Conigliaro Award. He became

Aaron Boone knows he’s a rookie who has to prove himself to Yankees

NEW YORK — Aaron Boone was pulling into the driveway of his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, last Thursday, bringing 8-year-old daughter Bella home from school so his wife could drive her to a dance lesson, and he noticed a missed call from Brian Cashman. Boone called back the New York Yankees general manager as his wife looked on and said Cashman told him: “Hey, just first and foremost, I want

Saunders: Rockies’ Jeff Bridich expresses confidence in Trevor Story, Ian Desmond

When it comes to the media, Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich is never going to put many cards on the table. He likes to work behind the scenes and he bristles at unfounded rumors and wild speculation. That said, Bridich was relatively candid during a long interview on Tuesday. I covered much of that in my story outlining the Rockies’ offseason blueprint leading up to baseball’s winter meetings. During the

GM Jeff Bridich says Rockies’ top priorities remain shoring up bullpen, finding catcher

The current blueprint for the Rockies’ offseason game plan rests on two pillars: One, rebuild a bullpen that lost its closer, as well as two key setup men to free agency. Two, obtain an established catcher that can help mentor the club’s young starting pitching rotation. “To this point we have been primarily focused on pitching and catching — that’s an important position for us,” general manager Jeff Bridich said

Major entertainment district coming to Coors Field with outdoors space, Rockies hall of fame and more

Another downtown Denver parking lot will soon be plowed under to make way for a mixed-use development. This project has the potential to be particularly different. A purple triceratops named Dinger may be sighted there. Architects this week released renderings and details of a forthcoming outdoor plaza complex it is designing on behalf of the Colorado Rockies. The structure, which is expected to include restaurants, offices, a hotel and residences

MLB approves Japan deal, allowing Shohei Ohtani bidding to start

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball owners voted unanimously Friday to approve a new posting agreement with their Japanese counterparts, a move that allowed bidding to start for coveted pitcher and outfielder Shohei Ohtani. Following the deal with Nippon Professional Baseball, Ohtani was put up for bid by the Pacific League’s Nippon Ham Fighters for the maximum $20 million posting fee. That opened a window for the 23-year-old to reach