Morosi: Trade waiting to happen between Mariners, Rockies
DEC 2, 11:52p ET | Jon Paul Morosi
Rotowire: Apr 1 / 5:45p ET
News: Barnes was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.
Impact: Barnes was originally in contention to earn the Rockies' fifth outfielder job, but the team will instead roll with starters Corey Dickerson, Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez, while Drew Stubbs occupies the reserve role. If any of those options go down to injury at any point, look for Barnes to hear his name called.
Rotowire: Mar 24 / 6:39p ET
News: Barnes appears in line to open the season as the Rockies' fifth outfielder, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Both of the Rockies' projected reserves -- Barnes and Drew Stubbs -- possess the ability to play all three outfield spots, giving the team solid depth in the event historically fragile Carlos Gonzalez breaks down again at some point in 2015. In addition to offering utility as a late-inning defensive replacement, Barnes thrived as a bench bat last season, accruing a .338/.378/.610 line over the 85 plate appearances he made in games he didn't start.