Colorado Rockies Quick Hits: JT Realmuto, Spring Training
To wrap up the work week, there were two main items of note that were announced about the Colorado Rockies.
Things have been pretty quiet in the last week before the Winter Meetings (that start in Las Vegas on Sunday) but there were too items of note that concerned the Colorado Rockies to end the work week.
The Realmuto sweepstakes
One of the positions that the Colorado Rockies have a need in is the position of catcher as the quartet of Chris Iannetta, Tony Wolters, Tom Murphy, and Drew Butera were not up to par offensively and (with the exception of Wolters) defensively. The biggest name that has been bandied about in rumors is that of J.T. Realmuto, the All-Star catcher of the Miami Marlins.
According to Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio and The Athletic, the Rockies are one of a handful of teams that are interested in a trade for Realmuto. However, he states in this tweet that the Rockies are not one of the front runners. He lists the Mets, Phillies, Padres, Braves, and Rays as the teams that are “in” the most on Realmuto with the Rockies, Dodgers, Brewers, Astros, and White Sox as “in” but they are “not as aggressive” as the other teams.
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News on Spring Training
The Rockies announced on Twitter on Thursday afternoon that, in an interesting move, they are going to be playing their final Spring Training game in the Cactus League against the Minnesota Twins in Ft. Myers, Florida.
This means that, to conclude Spring Training, the Rockies will be playing three games in three different states in three straight days. On Sunday, March 24th, the Rockies will finish their Cactus League slate with the Cincinnati Reds in Goodyear, Arizona at 12:05 MT.
25 hours after the start of that game, the Rockies will be starting game number two against their Triple-A team, the Albuquerque Isotopes, at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
22 hours after that, they will be facing the Twins at Hammond Stadium, their home for Spring Training, in Fort Myers, Florida. A flight is about five hours between Albuquerque and Fort Myers so after that game, the Rockies will get a much deserved day of rest before opening the season roughly 150 miles away in Miami against the Marlins at Marlins Park on Thursday, March 28 in a four game series.