It seems as if the market is finally heating up since we are past the holidays so we have some updates on the market as well as a minor league update.
Mercifully, there is roughly one month until pitchers and catchers report to spring training but there are still some players on the free agent market. Let’s rundown a few updates on them
Speaking of free agent second basemen, the market looks like it is heating up for former Rockies second baseman
. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic
that the San Francisco Giants are interested in LeMahieu. If you take a look at the Giants depth chart on
, it is a bit peculiar to see them interested in LeMahieu considering that one of the only established major leaguers that they have is
, a second baseman. You would think that their primary concern would be their outfield, considering that their current outfield doesn’t have a player that played more than a quarter of the season in the outfield for the Giants last year (
played 41 games in the outfield). However, Jeff Passan of ESPN
that the Giants are speaking with other teams on potential trade deals for Panik.
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In minor league news,
that the Rockies Triple-A and Double-A affiliates, the Albuquerque Isotopes and Hartford Yard Goats, released their coaching staffs for the 2019 season recently. Since then, the Rockies Single-A affiliate,
, and the Rockies Rookie affiliate, the Grand Junction Rockies, have since announced their 2019 coaching staffs. In Asheville, they will have a new “development supervisor” since their 2018 development supervisor,
, after 40+ years in baseball, including the last 16 in the Rockies organization, retired. Replacing him is South Atlantic League Hall of Famer Randy Ingle, who is new to the Rockies organization. He comes from the Atlanta Braves organization, where he has been since 1978 (as a coach, player, and manager). Ingle has been a manager (between Rookie-ball and Triple-A) in the Braves system in all but 3 seasons since he became a coach in 1988. He was a special assistant in the Braves organization last season. Returning as manager for his second season is former MLB catcher
as well as
as hitting coach (for the 3rd straight season). The Tourists will have a new pitching coach in Mark Brewer, who was the pitching coach for Hartford last season. For Grand Junction, they announced their staff in
on Wednesday. Their development supervisor will be former MLB player
, their manager will be Jake Opitz, and their hitting coach will be Zach Osborne. Each of them are returning for their second season in each of those positions. They will have a newcomer at pitching coach and it will be
. He has been a pitching coach in the Orioles organization for the past 12 seasons, with the highest position being at Double-A. He also spent parts of two seasons in the majors. You can read more about their staff
The only Rockies minor affiliates who haven’t publicly announced their coaching staffs for 2019 are Single-A Advanced Lancaster, Short Season-A Boise, and their two Dominican League teams. The Rockies have also not released their list of minor league coordinators for the 2019 season.