Monday is the official start of the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas and there has been some news and notes regarding the Colorado Rockies or the Rockies free agents in the first few hours of the Meetings.
The Winter Meetings are only a few hours old but there already have been some reports in regards to the Rockies.
According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com in
, the Rockies “figure to be in the mix” for the Seattle Mariners new first baseman
. Santana was just acquired by the Mariners in a trade with the Phillies last week but the Mariners could look to flip him in a salary dump. The problem for the Rockies would be that he is owed over $40 million in the next two seasons but the Mariners have taken on salary from other teams before (e.g. Santana) so the Rockies could trade
, who is owed about the same amount of money but in 3 years, and a prospect or two. Desmond would also give the Mariners some versatility. Santana has been above average both offensively and defensively at first base in the past few seasons as he has 11 Defensive Runs Saved at first base and an OPS+ of 114 in the past three seasons.
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Matt Eddy of Baseball America
that the Rockies have signed pitcher
to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training. Gonzalez is recovering from
surgery which cost him all of the 2017 season and most of the 2018 season as he only pitched in 3 games in the minor leagues this past season. He did pitch part of the 2015 and 2016 seasons in the majors with the Texas Rangers and in 17 games combined between the 2 seasons (13 starts), he pitched to a 4.54 ERA (5.06 FIP). His 2015 season was much better than his 2016 season and he pitched more but his main issue is that he does not strikeout many and his walk rate is high, so much so that his walk rate is actually higher (4.8 per nine innings) than his strikeout rate (4.3 per nine innings).
Stay tuned for our coverage from the Winter Meetings as both Kevin Henry and Jake Shapiro are there in Vegas at the Winter Meetings.