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.
Veteran closer John Axford cleared waivers on Wednesday and is now a free agent after being designated for assignment last week by the Rockies.
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.
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.
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.
Rockies manager Walt Weiss met with the media Monday at the Winter Meetings.
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.
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.
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.
Rockies manager Walt Weiss employed plenty of defensive shifts last season, and it will stay that way in 2016.
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.