Morning Links: Rockies News 2/22
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Good news: to date there is no drama with the Colorado Rockies. Those Troy Tulowitzki trade rumors went away with a whimper, nobody is too fat, nobody in the front office is calling people fat, there aren’t any injuries yet…so far, so good.
Here’s what else is happening with the Rockies and around the rest of the league:
From Thomas Harding: Expectations, hopes high for ace arms Butler, Gray (MLB.com)
"A Rockies team-building tradition is to have rookies in Major League camp answer questions during morning stretching. Some questions are biographical, some are good-naturedly personal. So goes the ritual to help players get to know guys who may be called upon to win regular-season games.Many who rate top prospects expect right-handed pitchers Eddie Butler and Jon Gray to be helping the Rockies win this year. So veterans wanted to get to know them before they were unveiled during Cactus League games.”"
From Steve Engbloom: Yasiel Puig is a bit on the heavy side (Call to the Pen)
"With the tools Puig has, hitting the scale at over 250 should set off an alarm or two. It honestly should never happen. Does he think he’s a linebacker? I would name a NFL team in Los Angeles, but, you know. Did Puig start the Pablo Sandoval sundae diet?For reference, the Miami Heat’s website has LeBron James listed as 250 pounds and a listed height of 6′ 8″. The Dodgers website has Puig’s height listed as 6′ 3″."
From Dave Cameron: The Worst Transactions of the 2014 Off-Season (FanGraphs)
"I get that the Rockies have outfield depth, and wanted to give guys like Corey Dickerson and Charlie Blackmon a shot, and Fowler’s getting expensive enough in arbitration where he’s not some kind of massive bargain anymore. However, he’s still a quality player, in the prime of his career, and the Rockies basically gave him to the Astros in order to free up enough room in the budget to sign Justin Morneau, who is older, worse, and not really much cheaper."