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Morning Links: Rockies News 10/23


The 2013 World Series is officially underway, with the Boston Red Sox cruising to victory in game one over the St. Louis Cardinals. While the rest of us watch, stew in jealousy, and try to decide which pompous fan base is more annoying, we are left to consider the off-season for our lowly teams.

Here’s the news about how things are shaping up so far for the Colorado Rockies this off-season:

From Jeff Aberle: Wednesday Rockpile: Free agency targets for the Rockies – position players (Purple Row):

Outfield - while the Rockies could just decide to plug in Charlie Blackmon and/orCorey Dickerson into their outfield and call it good, I very much want the team to get at least one competent outfielder with some OF experience this off-season, if only because those 4th and 5th outfield spots tend to get quite a few plate appearances as the year goes on. Colorado could also decide to get the everyday starter and power bat that they covet at the corner outfield slot here instead of first base.

“For depth/platoon purposes, I wouldn’t mind one of David MurphyRajai Davis, David Dejesus, or Nate McLouth. If Colorado wants to look at starters, Nelson Cruz would be the guy I would target.”

From David Cucchiara: Breaking Down the Colorado Rockies Financial Situation This Offseason (Bleacher Report):

With a new regional television deal, the Rockies are expecting increased revenue. The higher payroll will allow the organization to spend a little more this offseason and depend less upon the farm system, according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com.

“However, the Rockies still don’t have the luxury to go out and spend frivolously, meaning O’Dowd will have to bite the bullet and work a few deals this offseason.”

From Bernie Pleskoff: Prospect Wheeler boasts big league potential (MLB.com)

An extremely good two-sport athlete at El Camino Fundamental High School in Sacramento, Calif., Colorado Rockies outfield prospect Tim Wheeler played the outfield in baseball and quarterback, as well as defensive back, in football…

“…The left-handed-hitting, right-handed-throwing outfielder is tall and thin at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds. While he doesn’t have any one overwhelming tool, he has an ability to hit for average with moderate foot speed and an ability to play efficient enough defense at the big league level.”

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