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  • Jurickson Profar Signs With Rockies

    The Colorado Rockies signed utility fielder Jurickson Profar to a one-year, $8.75 million deal. Profar is guaranteed $7.75 million and can earn another million if he reaches 400 plate appearances. The 30-year-old is expected to serve as the Rockies left fielder while batting leadoff in 2023. He was one of the last free agents to be signed, despite a fruitful 2022 campaign with the San Diego Padres. Profar slashed .243/.331/.391 with 15 HRs and a .723 OPS. He put together a memorable Wild Card Series against the Mets, after posting a 1.012 OPS with four plated runs in the series. If the Curacao native can continue to contribute offensively, he could be a valuable investment in deep league formats.

    Mar 19 · Source via Rockies Jurickson Profar
  • C.J. Cron Out A Few Days With Back Spasms

    Colorado Rockies first baseman C.J. Cron (back) will miss at least a few days of Cactus League games due to back spasms he experienced on Thursday. There is no timeline for him to return to spring action. Cron hasn't been in the lineup since Tuesday, but his back injury doesn't look to be serious enough to put him on the injured list to begin the 2023 regular season. If for some reason his back spasms linger, Mike Moustakas and Harold Castro would likely split first base duties in Colorado, while Michael Toglia could also be an option at the cold corner. The 33-year-old Cron has attractive power, especially at hitter-friendly Coors Field, as he's hit 57 long balls in the last two years. But like most Rockies hitters, he hasn't been nearly as good on the road.

    Mar 17 · Source via Rockies C.J. Cron
  • Charlie Blackmon Won't Play This Weekend

    Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon (back) is still dealing with a sore back and won't play in Cactus League games this weekend. It's starting to become a concern for Blackmon, as he's already missed a week of spring games due to the injury. There's still time for him to return and get himself ready for Opening Day at the end of this month, but he's starting to run out of time. The 36-year-old left-handed hitter's fantasy stock is on the decline as he heads into his 13th MLB season for the Rockies. He hit .264/.314/.419 with a .733 OPS, 16 home runs, 78 RBI, 60 runs scored and four stolen bases in 577 plate appearances and 135 games in 2022. At this point, Blackmon is becoming a streamer for when he plays his home games at hitter-friendly Coors Field.

    Mar 17 · Source via Rockies Charlie Blackmon
  • Kris Bryant Set To Play Wednesday

    Colorado Rockies outfielder Kris Bryant (back) is serving as the designated hitter and is batting third in Wednesday's Cactus League lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers and left-hander Clayton Kershaw. Bryant dealt with back stiffness the last couple of days, but he's back in there on Wednesday. The 31-year-old veteran also missed considerable time in 2022 in his first year with the Rockies due to a back injury, so it's understandable that the Rockies aren't taking any chances with him in spring training. The four-time All-Star played in just 42 games last year, but he hit .306 with five home runs and 14 RBI in 181 plate appearances. Bryant will come cheap in drafts this year because of last year's injuries and his drop in power, so he could be a nice late-round value pick if he stays on the field in 2023.

    Mar 15 · Source via Rockies Kris Bryant
  • Kris Bryant Scratched From Monday's Game

    Colorado Rockies third baseman Kris Bryant was a late scratch ahead of Monday's Cactus League game. It sounds like the slugger isn't dealing with an injury, but the team wanted to give him an extra day to rest. The Rockies are trying to manage Bryant's workload heading into 2023 after he played 42 games last season. The 31-year-old is hitting .278 with three home runs and four RBI this spring. Bryant has the potential to be a superstar, but injuries continue to hold him back. Hopefully, Bryant can stay healthy and should benefit from playing in Coors Field.

    Mar 13 · Source via Rockies Kris Bryant
  • Charlie Blackmon In No Rush To Return

    Colorado Rockies outfielderCharlie Blackmon(back) is improving after sustaining a back injury on Friday. Blackmon was removed in the first inning of Friday's game against the San Francisco Giants, which was ruled as back stiffness. Manager Bud Black added that the Rockies are in no rush to reinstate Blackmon as Opening Day approaches. The 36-year-old is expected to see a lot of DH opportunities to begin the season as a precaution to complete the recovery process. As the year progresses, he will slowly return to the outfield. Blackmon slashed .264/.314/.419 with a .733 OPS this past season. He smacked 16 home runs as well as a .317 wOBA. Barring any setbacks, the Rockies hope that Blackmon continues to contribute from an offensive standpoint.

    Mar 12 · Source via Rockies Charlie Blackmon
  • Rockies Looking At Jurickson Profar

    With injuries to Colorado Rockies outfielders Sean Bouchard (biceps) and Randal Grichuk (hernia) this spring, the Rockies are showing renewed interest in signing free-agent outfielder/infielder Jurickson Profar, according to a source. Charlie Blackmon (back) was also injured in Friday's Cactus League game. The 30-year-old switch-hitter slashed .243/.331/.391 with 15 home runs in 152 games for the San Diego Padres last year, and he is currently playing for Team Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic. Profar has likely been demanding regular playing time as a free agent this offseason, and that's something Colorado could give him as they look for injury replacements. His defensive shortcomings hurt his cause, but he's patient at the plate and makes plenty of contact. Profar would become attractive in deep mixed leagues if he landed with the Rockies with regular playing time.

    Mar 11 · Source via Rockies Jurickson Profar
  • Charlie Blackmon Exits Early On Friday

    Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon (back) was forced to exit early during Friday's Spring Training contest. Luckily, the veteran outfielder says he's fine and dealing with some back stiffness. It sounds like Blackmon is day-to-day, but has avoided any serious injuries. The 36-year-old should still have a little left in the tank after another decent season in Colorado last year. The left-handed slugger should be able to provide decent fantasy value as long as he can stay healthy.

    Mar 10 · Source via Rockies Charlie Blackmon
  • Zac Veen Up To Seven Steals On The Spring

    Colorado Rockies center fielder Zac Veen has recorded seven stolen bases on the spring in just 23 at-bats. The 2020 first-round pick is participating in his first MLB spring training after splitting the 2022 campaign between the High-A and Double-A levels, stealing a whopping 55 bases alongside 12 home runs in 126 games. The 21-year-old made his pro debut in the 2021 season, hitting 15 homers and stealing 36 bases across 106 games at the Single-A level. The lefty-swinging speedster owns a .261 average with one home run alongside a .798 OPS this spring and will likely begin the 2023 season at Double-A, where he scuffled to a .177 average and .496 OPS across 34 games in 2022. His combination of power and elite speed makes him an intriguing fantasy prospect when he inevitably reaches the big leagues, perhaps as early as next season.

    Mar 10 · Source via Rockies Zac Veen prospects
  • Rockies Showing Interest In Jurickson Profar

    The Rockies, suddenly facing multiple outfield injuries, are showing “real interest” in free-agent outfielder Jurickson Profar, reports Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post (Twitter link). Over the past month, the Rockies have seen Randal Grichuk undergo surgery for a bilateral sports hernia and Sean Bouchard suffer a biceps rupture that’ll require potentially season-ending surgery. Colorado’s…

    Mar 10 · MLB Trade Rumors Rockies Jurickson Profar
  • Sean Bouchard Needs Surgery On Biceps

    Colorado Rockies outfielder Sean Bouchard (biceps) was diagnosed with a left distal biceps rupture, which means surgery. Bouchard and the Rockies are holding out hope he won't miss the entire 2023 season. He was injured in the first inning of the team's Cactus League game on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels. Even if the 26-year-old is somehow able to play this year, he's likely to miss the majority of the campaign. It's a tough break for the young outfielder, as he had a shot to see valuable playing time for the Rockies after making his MLB debut in 2022. In 27 games last season, he hit .297/.454/.500 with a .954 OPS, three home runs and 11 RBI in a small sample size of 97 plate appearances.

    Mar 9 · Source via Rockies Sean Bouchard
  • Sean Bouchard Leaves Game With Injury

    Colorado Rockies outfielder Sean Bouchard (arm) exited Wednesday's game due to a biceps injury. Bouchard was removed in the first inning after experiencing pain in his left bicep during an at-bat. The Rockies are hoping that it is not a concerning matter, and he should return to the lineup soon. The 26-year-old spent four seasons in the Rockies system before getting promoted in 2022 for 27 games. He made 97 plate appearances and slashed .297/.454/.500 with a 157 OPS+. He also hit three home runs and drove in 11 runs. The San Diego native has already shown maturity as a hitter in the big leagues, which is simply a carryover from his success in the minors. Bouchard amassed a 1.038 OPS with Triple-A Albuquerque before being promoted to the big leagues. He could be an under-the-radar option in the outfield if his bat continues to contribute.

    Mar 8 · Source via Rockies Sean Bouchard
  • Lucas Gilbreath To Have Tommy John Surgery

    Colorado Rockies left-hander Lucas Gilbreath (elbow) will have Tommy John surgery next week, which will knock him out for the entire 2023 season. Depending on how his recovery goes, he could also miss the start of the 2024 campaign. The 27-year-old southpaw reliever appeared in 47 games out of the bullpen for Colorado in his second season with the team in 2022 and posted a 4.19 ERA (3.53 FIP), 1.46 WHIP, 26 walks and 49 strikeouts in 43 innings pitched. He had a 3.38 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, one save and 44 strikeouts in 47 outings (one start) over 42 2/3 innings in his rookie season with the Rockies in 2021. Gilbreath can obviously be avoided in all fantasy drafts.

    Mar 8 · Source via Rockies Lucas Gilbreath closers
  • Rockies' Lucas Gilbreath To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

    Rockies reliever Lucas Gilbreath will undergo Tommy John surgery next week, he announced on TikTok (h/t to Danielle Allentuck of the Denver Gazette). He’ll miss the entire 2023 season and likely be sidelined into the ’24 campaign as well. It’s a disappointing but not surprising development. Thomas Harding of reported last week that the procedure…

    Mar 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Rockies Lucas Gilbreath closers
  • Rockies Reach Agreement With Mike Moustakas

    The Colorado Rockies reached a non-roster agreement with free-agent infielder Mike Moustakas on Sunday after he was released by the Cincinnati Reds in January. It's a minor-league deal for Moustakas. According to the New York Post's Jon Heyman, Colorado's current plan is for Moustakas to play second base with Brendan Rodgers (shoulder) likely out for the season, which would allow Ryan McMahon to remain at third base. Moustakas is fully healthy after being limited to only 78 games with the Reds last year due to injuries. The 34-year-old veteran was underwhelming in those games, hitting .214/.295/.345 with a .640 OPS, seven homers, 25 RBI and 30 runs scored. Even with more potential playing time in a very hitter-friendly home park, fantasy managers shouldn't have high expectations for Moose.

    Mar 5 · Source via Rockies Mike Moustakas
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