Colorado Rockies: News and Rumors Update from the NL West
Major League Baseball’s hot stove has been lukewarm at best heading into the Thanksgiving holiday. However, one big move shook up the National League West and another rumor has another division foe of the Colorado Rockies potentially getting stronger. Let’s take a look at some of the latest news and rumors out there that could impact the Rockies next season.
The Diamondbacks make a move
Did the NL West get a little tougher with Arizona’s acquisition of starting pitcher Tijuan Walker from the Seattle Mariners just before Thanksgiving? Our friends at Venom Strikes have a complete breakdown of the trade along with some thoughts from Arizona’s general manager in this article.
On the surface, Arizona’s rotation certainly got stronger … but which Walker will the Diamondbacks (and the rest of the NL West) see? Venom Strikes broke down the inconsistent season he had last year and also some of the issues he had while with Seattle of giving up home runs.
Colorado fans are certainly not sad to see Jean Segura leaving the division as part of the trade. He was one of the 10 players who killed the Rockies last season, batting .421 with six homers and 13 RBI against Colorado. Check out the other nine we identified in this article.
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Mark Melancon to San Francisco?
We know Melancon, a Denver-area native, is coveted by a number of Major League teams, including the Rockies. We also know that Melancon met with the San Francisco Giants and at least one site is predicting that’s where he will end up.
Certainly Melancon landing in San Francisco would be a double blow for the Rockies. Not only would Colorado lose a free agent target but the Rockies would also have to face him in divisional play.
Could Hundley head to Baltimore?
Free agent catcher Nick Hundley spent 50 games with the Baltimore Orioles during the 2014 season. Could he be heading back to the Orioles this offseason?
With Baltimore’s catching situation in flux, bringing the veteran catcher on might make sense it’s argued in this article. Hundley was praised often for his veteran leadership in helping Colorado’s Tony Wolters, Tom Murphy and Dustin Garneau progress last season. He may be asked to have the same role in Baltimore: Part-time starting catcher, part-time mentor.