We knew as soon as Major League Baseball’s lockout was ended that the free agent signing and trading frenzy would begin. But what is the latest with any rumored moves by the Colorado Rockies?
Here are the latest rumors involving the Colorado Rockies and where things stand with some of the top free agent targets
Let’s start with a few names that we know likely will not be coming to the Colorado Rockies and end with a possibility still in play.
The Rockies are not listed among the favorites to sign the Japanese superstar, according to a tweet from MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.
It’s a double whammy for Rockies fans as not only is Colorado not in the running, but a pair of National League West rivals are listed among the final five teams.
As discussed in this article, the Rockies were originally connected to the future Hall of Famer via rumors, but now it appears Colorado is not one of the front-runners to land his services at designated hitter.
The St. Louis Cardinals are among the favorites to sign Pujols.
According to Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post, there is still interest from the Rockies when it comes to Conforto. However, don’t be surprised if he is bypassed as he is reportedly “not a top priority.”
Let’s be clear, Rockies fans, it would take a cataclysmic series of events for Story to return to Denver, so let’s cross that possibility off the list.
Much of Story’s market could well depend on when and where Carlos Correa signs a deal. If Correa doesn’t return to Houston, look for the Astros to pivot toward Story, who is a Texas native.
Here’s the latest we know about Story’s potential destinations.
There have been rumors connecting Castellanos to the Rockies, and those rumors could ramp back up again now that Miami is reportedly no longer chasing the outfielder (one of the big reasons reported why Derek Jeter is no longer with the Marlins).
With another team out of the mix for Castellanos, could that help the Rockies?
Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported on Friday that free agent third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant “has options” and the Rockies are one of the few options that Heyman listed.
Thomas Harding of MLB.com named Kyle Schwarber (as well as Bryant and Conforto) are “clear targets” for the Rockies on the free agent market.
Will the Rockies actually be willing to spend that kind of money for a Schwarber, Bryant, or Conforto? We’ll find out very soon as the hot stove continues to boil over.