The Colorado Rockies have added Jerry Weinstein to the coaching staff as the major league catching coach. Weinstein, who managed at high Class-A Modesto for the past five seasons, replaces Marv Foley who returns to the role as minor league catching coordinator, a position he held from 2003-10.
The Colorado Rockies ended their Cactus League season with a 7-2 loss in the final game of an otherwise promising spring training. The Rockies have plenty to be optimistic about, but a pair of injuries may have left them in a precarious position.
The Colorado Rockies faced a number of tough decisions this offseason and eventually parted ways with a number of key players from the 2010 team. Here’s how players who appeared with the Rockies last season are faring with their new teams in spring training.
Stan McNeal at The Sporting News writes that former Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jeff Francis will have to make adjustments to a new league, specifically not getting to face a pitcher each time around the lineup. But the first order of business for Francis is staying healthy.
If the Colorado Rockies’ anticipated rotation can account for the vast majority of the team’s starts, the Rockies could be in line for a season more like 2009 than 2010. But what happens if the rotation is again hit with injuries?
The Colorado Rockies let Jeff Francis, the ace of their 2007 World Series team, walk as a free agent, likely replacing him with 23-year-old Jhoulys Chacin, who quietly had a very good rookie season in 2010.
With four members of the 2011 starting rotation already under team control for 2012, who ends up in the fifth spot?
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that former Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jeff Francis will sign a one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals.
The Florida Marlins have traded second baseman Dan Uggla — once a rumored target of the Colorado Rockies — and several teams have zeroed in Rockies free agent pitchers Jorge De La Rosa and Jeff Francis.
The window for major league teams to negotiate exclusively with their free agents passed over the weekend and several Colorado Rockies players are now free to talk to any team.
The Colorado Rockies announced they have declined their options on pitchers Jeff Francis and Octavio Dotel, but have not yet made public their plans with catcher Miguel Olivo.
For the first time in a few years, the Colorado Rockies have a little room in their budget and some pressing needs, a combination that should make for an interesting offseason.