The Rockies and right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino have agreed to a three-year, $10.4-million extension, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.
Outfielder Brandon Barnes agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Rockies on Friday, leaving the club with five remaining arbitration-eligible players.
Veteran reliever John Axford was designated for assignment by the Rockies on Friday amid a flurry of roster moves to set their 40-man roster prior to the Rule 5 Draft deadline.
One could say Rockies outfielder Brandon Barnes wears his passion on his sleeves, thanks to an impressive array of tattoos — some self-applied — detailing the depth of his feelings for family, religion, peace, art and (of course) the wonder of baseball.
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.