As we hit the dead of January just before the hopefulness of February when Spring Training is finally in sight, the Colorado Rockies are left to watch as their counterparts in the NL West (Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers) compete to make another splashy move or two in free agency.
Here’s what else is happening with the Rockies:
Jordan Pacheco, 27, also went down to the Dominican Republic after splitting 2013 between the Rockies and their Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs. Pacheco couldn’t follow up his strong 2012 and hit .239/.276/.312 in the majors. In the Dominican, he hit .274/.354/.370 in 20 games with four doubles and one home run.
The Rockies have plans for Stubbs, but it’s a different situation than with the Reds, who tried for years to mold the speedster into a leadoff hitter, or with the Indians, who brought him in last year as their everyday right fielder.
The Rockies have Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki, Michael Cuddyer and Wilin Rosario in place, and with veteran Justin Morneau as a power-hitting addition, Stubbs is being asked to earn his status. In addition to Blackmon and Dickerson competing with Stubbs, former Astros center fielderBrandon Barnes also is pushing for at-bats.”