Colorado Rockies

Schemmel pedals across U.S. for good cause
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Rockies broadcaster Jerry Schemmel and triathlete Brad Cooper raced on their bicycles this summer as Team Enduring Hope — a project to raise funds toward the building of an orphanage outside of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti — in the cross-country Race Across America.

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Axford a free agent after clearing waivers
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Veteran closer John Axford cleared waivers on Wednesday and is now a free agent after being designated for assignment last week by the Rockies.

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Rox acquire young lefty in trade for Brothers
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Wander Cabrera, an 18-year-old left-hander from the Dominican Republic, was acquired by the Rockies on Wednesday in a trade for fellow lefty Rex Brothers.

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Rockies get pitcher from White Sox for Kahnle
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Right-hander Yency Almonte, a 21-year-old who pitched Class A ball for the White Sox last year, was acquired by the Rockies on Tuesday in a trade for right-hander Tommy Kahnle.

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Young backstops look to catch on with Rockies
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After a couple of early offseason moves, the Rockies are short on experienced options to back up regular catcher Nick Hundley. There’s the rest of the offseason to add a veteran or two, but Dustin Garneau and Tom Murphy hope their debuts at the end of 2015 could lead to roster spots next season.

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Winter Meetings interview with Walt Weiss
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Rockies manager Walt Weiss met with the media Monday at the Winter Meetings.

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Rox 'pen options plentiful after non-tenders
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The Rockies’ hunt for arms and bargains could lead them to some intriguing free agents — especially for the bullpen — and that free-agent list became more interesting late Wednesday night when players not offered contracts by their clubs came available.

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Lyles agrees to one-year deal with Rockies
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The Rockies and right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles avoided arbitration Wednesday by agreeing on a one-year, $2.975 million contract first reported by Yahoo Sports.

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Rockies move on after pursuit of Trumbo
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The Rockies talked with the Mariners about power-hitting first baseman Mark Trumbo, but a Major League source said Tuesday morning that talks had already died. By Tuesday evening, MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli had reported the Mariners traded Trumbo to the Orioles.

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Weiss sees benefit of increase in shifts
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Rockies manager Walt Weiss employed plenty of defensive shifts last season, and it will stay that way in 2016.

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Rockies sign Motte, Qualls to 2-year deals
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The Rockies signed right-handed veterans Jason Motte and Chad Qualls to two-year contracts — $10 million for Motte, $6 million for Qualls — on Tuesday to add power and experience to the late-inning bullpen.

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Rockies peg Reynolds to platoon at first base
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Rockies manager Walt Weiss sees newly signed Mark Reynolds as offering an option at first base, plus versatility and power.

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