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Morning Links: Rockies News 10/29


The 2013 World Series is full of drama, some controversy, and even a Rockies connection every now and then. The excitement of fall baseball reminds us all how awesome it was to see Colorado play meaningful games in September and October back in 2007 and 2009. For my part it makes me appreciate just how much I want the Rockies to find their way back into the playoff picture. If nothing else, it lends a boost to the hopefulness of the off-season hot stove and watching the team try to improve the roster.

Here’s what is happening with the latest news and opinions about the Rockies:

From Jared Cross: Finding next year’s ‘Red Sox’ (ESPN)

Still, not much was expected. Vegas put the over/under at 82.5 wins and experts picked the Rays or Blue Jays to win the division. Instead, the Red Sox went from last to first, improving by a whopping 28 games.

With the Red Sox in the World Series, let’s look ahead to 2014 to see which teams have the best chance to improve by at least 20 wins next season. Based on Steamer player projections and 10,000 simulations of the season, the following three teams were determined to have best chances to become the “Red Sox” of 2014.

From David Cucchiara: Colorado Rockies: 6 Potential Under-the-Radar Free Agent Targets (Bleacher Report)

After eight years in Milwaukee, Corey Hart is primed to test the free agency market this winter.

“Hart is one of the least talked about big bats available this offseason. For an abysmal Brewers squad, Hart managed to hit .270 with 30 homers and 83 RBI. On any other team, that RBI total would have been significantly higher.”

From Jonathan Mayo: Fall Stars game to feature assortment of top talent (MLB.com)

The Fall Stars Game, formerly known as the Rising Stars Game, will take place for the eighth year, on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Ariz. The game, which starts at 5 p.m. Arizona time and will be broadcast on MLB Network and streamed live on MLB.com, will bring together the best of the best in terms of Minor League prospects on one field.

“There are a total of 21 members of MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects list on the two rosters, starting with No. 1 prospect Byron Buxton of the Twins. He’s part of a talent-laden West Division squad that includes two other Top 100 outfielders in the Astros’ Delino DeShields (No. 73) and the Royals’ Jorge Bonifacio (No. 89).”

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