Posted on: April 11, 2011 6:41 pm
NEW YORK -- The Rockies are getting healthier.
Carlos Gonzalez returned to the lineup Monday night against the Mets, after missing a start Sunday in Pittsburgh because he was sick. Todd Helton, who hasn't started since Thursday because of a back problem, was available to pinch-hit Monday and could return to the lineup within the next few days.
Meanwhile, starter Ubaldo Jimenez is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Wednesday in Arizona, and the Rockies are hopeful he can return to the rotation next Monday at home against the Giants.
Gonzalez was so sick over the weekend that he had trouble sleeping.
"I felt like my legs were hanging from the ceiling," he said.
Helton's back condition was a bigger concern, but he has improved considerably.
"Two days ago, he was somewhat touch and go, as far as I was concerned," manager Jim Tracy said.
Posted on: February 24, 2011 8:08 pm
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Carlos Gonzalez came to spring training carrying a few more pounds of muscle.
He also came to camp with a little more understanding of his place in the game.
Gonzalez is 25 years old, and he's already had a season good enough that he finished third in voting for the National League Most Valuable Player. But he also shows the excitement of a kid when he talks about meeting other great players.
"It's really funny," the Rockies outfielder said the other day. "At the end of the year last year, [Albert] Pujols came to me and said he wanted my autograph. I was shocked.
"And let me tell you something else funny. I saw Victor Martinez at the [American embassy in Caracas, Venezuela], when I went to get my visa. He told me he wants to hit like me. I always wanted to hit like him."
As for the extra muscle, Gonzalez said he wanted to get stronger, after his weight dropped to about 200 pounds by the end of the 2010 season.
"I want to try to stay at 210-215 pounds the whole season," said Gonzalez, adding that he weighs about 220 pounds right now.
Posted on: January 11, 2011 1:31 pm
What does it say about Chris Archer that he's now been traded twice before turning 23, and before ever throwing a pitch in the big leagues?
No more than it said about Carlos Gonzalez that he was traded for a second time soon after he turned 23, and before he had ever spent a full season in the big leagues.
The Rockies are announcing Gonzalez's seven-year, $80.5 million contract extension today, which makes this a good time to point out how often teams don't realize what they have.
And also why the most important evaluations that any organization makes are the one that involve their own players.
The Diamondbacks didn't just give Gonzalez away. They included him in the trade that netted them Dan Haren.
The A's didn't just give Gonzalez away. They used him to get Matt Holliday.
But either of those teams truly understood how good a player Gonzalez was quickly going to become -- an $80 million player -- those deals don't get made.
How good is he? Well, with Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki, you could argue that the Rockies have the best 1-2 punch of young stars in baseball, counting middle-of-the-order offense, top-flight defense and even positive clubhouse presence.
Gonzalez (now signed through 2017) and Tulowitzki (signed earlier in the winter to an extension through 2020) give the Rockies a great base to build a championship contender through the decade.
And they wouldn't have it if either the Diamondbacks or A's had decided that Gonzalez was too valuable to give up as part of a multi-player deal.
Does that mean that no team should ever consider dealing its top prospects? No, not at all.
If the Cubs hadn't been willing to part with Archer, a talented right-hander who split last year between Class A and Double-A, they wouldn't have Garza, a premium starting pitcher who gives them a chance to win now (and who they have under control for at least three years).
Two sources familiar with the talks between the Cubs and Rays said this week that the Rays insisted Archer be part of any Garza deal with Chicago. No Archer, no deal.
The Cubs, who got Archer from the Indians in a New Year's Eve 2008 deal for Mark DeRosa, held off for weeks from including him. They tried to substitute other players.
At the end, when it was still "No Archer, no deal," they gave in.
Now they'll hope Garza gets them to the playoffs. And they'll hope that Chris Archer isn't the next Carlos Gonzalez.
Incidentally, Garza has now been traded twice, too. The Rays acquired him from the Twins in the deal that also included Delmon Young and Jason Bartlett, before Garza had spent a full season in the majors.
Posted on: January 3, 2011 3:11 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 3:26 pm
This is a good day for the Rockies.
And a fascinating day in the history of baseball reporting.
This afternoon, Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez announced, via Twitter , that he is about to sign a seven-year contract extension for about $80 million. Gonzalez announced, in English and Spanish, that he will be traveling to Denver this week for a physical, and then to sign the new deal.
What it means for the Rockies: Coupled with the their move earlier this winter to sign Troy Tulowitzki to a new 10-year contract, it means that they have their two best players locked up at least through 2017. And, given that Tulowitzki and Gonzalez might be as good an all-around 1-2 combination as on any team in baseball, and given that both are still young (Gonzalez just turned 25, and Tulowitzki just turned 26), it means that the Rockies have an excellent base on which to build a contending team for many years into the future.
What it means for baseball reporting: I'm not sure yet, but it is an interesting development. News of Gonzalez's extension talks had been leaking out over the last several weeks, but the first news that a deal was done came from him (or rather from his personal publicist, who handles his Twitter account).
A few drafted players have reported their own contract signings on Twitter before, and players and agents have called writers to break the news of new contracts. But I'm not sure this high profile a player ever reported this big a contract on Twitter before.
Posted on: January 3, 2011 3:10 pm
This entry has been removed by the administrator.
This message has been removed by the administrator.
Posted on: September 10, 2010 11:04 am
The big series in the National League West this weekend, as you may have heard, is taking place at Petco Park.
The Rockies are not there.
"That's great for the Rockies," ex-Colorado outfielder Brad Hawpe said this week. "It takes the attention off them. I've been there when we were counted out. And I've got a ring to show for it."
If the Rockies keep stealing home and overcoming 5-0 deficits, they might grab the attention right back. And if they take advantage of this weekend's Giants-Padres series -- every day, one of the teams in front of them will lose every day -- the NL West could become the hottest three-team race in baseball.
"It's kind of crazy over there," Hawpe said.
The Rockies dumped Hawpe late last month, and now he could end up playing in the American League playoffs with the Rays, who signed him and have been giving him something of a tryout for a spot on the postseason roster. Meanwhile, he'll watch from afar as the Rockies try to do what they did in 2007 and 2009, moving from nearly out of the race at the start of September to a spot in the playoffs at the end of the month.
Three years ago, the Rockies went 21-8 in the final month, famously winning 21 out of 22 (including playoffs) in their run to the World Series. Last year, they were 20-11 after Aug. 31.
This year? They're off to a 7-2 start in September. They were seven games out of the division lead and 4 1/2 out of the wild-card lead when the month began; now they're 3 1/2 back in both races.
It's a typical Rockies September, just as it has so far been a typical Phillies September (7-2) and a typical Twins September (7-1).
On to 3 to watch, on a weekend with so many good matchups that we had to leave out the Armando Galarraga-Jim Joyce reunion (Friday night in Detroit), and the Cardinals-Braves series in Atlanta:
1. Hawpe also said he's pulling hard for Carlos Gonzalez to be the National League's Most Valuable Player, and for Ubaldo Jimenez to win the Cy Young Award. Jimenez will need a strong finish to win, but he'll get a chance at becoming the NL's first 19-game winner when he starts in Diamondbacks at Rockies, Saturday night (8:10 ET) at Coors Field . In four meetings with Arizona this year, Jimenez is 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA. In 11 games against the Diamondbacks (who originally signed him), Gonzalez is hitting .444 with five home runs, 14 RBI and a 1.500 OPS.
2. When the Yankees and Rangers met last month, it felt like an American League Championship Series preview. They meet again this weekend, but it feels like just another step for two teams anxious to answer their October question marks. The Yankees will be excited or frustrated after A.J. Burnett's start on Saturday, and the Rangers will be relieved or alarmed after they watch Cliff Lee's expected return to the rotation, in Yankees at Rangers, Sunday afternoon (3:05 ET) at Rangers Ballpark . For all the worry about the Yankees rotation behind CC Sabathia, the Rangers don't have much chance if Lee isn't healthy, do they?
3. When Mat Latos had to miss his scheduled start for the Padres last Monday night, because of a stomach flu, it was seen as one more thing going wrong for a team in a tailspin. Instead, the Padres used their bullpen to beat the Dodgers that night (ending a 10-game losing streak), and Latos was able to come back and beat the Dodgers again on Tuesday. It also set up the Padres ace to face Giants ace Tim Lincecum in Giants at Padres, Sunday afternoon (4:05 ET) at Petco Park , in the final game of this weekend's four-game series (but not the final meeting between two teams that will play a three-game series in San Francisco on Oct. 1-3). Latos, who was signed by Giants manager Bruce Bochy's brother (a Padres scout), has allowed just three runs in 28 innings in four starts against the Giants this year (including two 1-0 wins). Lincecum has faced the Padres just once this season, and it didn't go well, as he was knocked out in the fourth inning of an 8-2 loss on Aug. 15. He has only four wins in 12 career starts against the Padres (his fewest against an NL West opponent), although his career ERA against San Diego is 2.16.
Posted on: November 11, 2008 3:51 pm
Colorado officials were surprised (and perhaps disappointed) that they could never get the Mets, Yankees or Red Sox interested in Holliday, but they did have at least preliminary talks with Tampa Bay, according to sources.
And even though those talks didn't result in a trade, they serve as a reminder that the Rays have a need in the outfield and may be williing to spend significant money to fill it.
Asked Tuesday if the Rays could be a player for a big-name position player this winter, club president Matt Silverman said Tuesday: "For next year, it's unlikely, but not out of the realm of possibility."
Silverman wouldn't confirm the Rays' previous interest in Holliday. But he did say that the Rays won't shy away from a player who is due as much as $13.5 million, which Holliday will make in 2009.
"A price tag isn't necessarily a deterrent," Silverman said. "It's just a little harder to make the math work."
The Rays had a $43.7 million opening day payroll in 2008, up from $24 million in 2007. They have 10 players signed for $39 million for 2009.
As CBSSports.com reported Monday, the Rockies are prepared to spin Huston Street to a third team, after acquiring him in their Holliday deal with the A's. While there's still a chance the Rockies will keep Street, it seems more likely that he'll be dealt, possibly to the Indians.
The Rockies are also willing to talk about outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, but sources said they didn't acquire Gonzalez with the idea of trading him. Rival scouts called Gonzalez the key player in the Holliday trade, and some raved about his ability.
"He's a five-tool player, a real stud," one scout said. "And he's got a 70 arm (on an 20-80 scouting system)."
Official announcement of the Holliday trade remains on hold, until all players pass physicals. That's not a formality in the case of Street, who spent part of 2008 on the disabled list, or in the case of left-hander Greg Smith, who had an operation to remove bone chips from his elbow just last month. But even if the Rockies turn down Smith and/or Street, it's expected that they would be able to agree on other players and still send Holliday to Oakland.