FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Don't expect AL MVP Mookie Betts to agree to a long-term contract with the Boston Red Sox before he can become a free agent in late 2020.
DENVER (AP) — A certain Colorado Rockies player struck it rich this spring: Leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon .
Although, All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado didn't fare too bad, either, with...
Rockies’ Freeland making big pitch for opening day role
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black isn't ready to name his opening day starter. Kyle Freeland is pitching as if he's got the job.
Rockies’ Story opens up bid to repeat All-Star season
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Trevor Story saw the Colorado Rockies' lineup and thought ahead to the regular season.
"It gives you a little excitement, maybe a little preview," the All-Star...
Rockies’ prospect Rodgers waits for opportunity
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Brendon Rodgers has had to wait for an opening in the Colorado Rockies' infield, just like Trevor Story did a few years ago.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Matt Harvey has spent six years in the major leagues and will turn 30 years old on March 27, but the Los Angeles Angels pitcher said he felt as if he was making his first...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — When the regular season begins, Ian Desmond will be the oldest center fielders in the majors at 33. He's OK with that and so are his teammates on the Colorado...
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Colorado Rockies pitcher Jon Gray surprised his wife by getting his hair cut in a Mohawk style.
After Friday's efficient outing, the right-hander will likely keep it...
Arenado, Rockies reach 8-yr deal; AP source says worth $260M
DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado likes where he's at and the direction the Colorado Rockies are headed.
So he's staying put. For possibly a long, long time. And for a chance to finish what this...
Rockies, manager Bud Black agree to 3-year extension
The Colorado Rockies are big believers in the Buddy system.
Manager Bud Black's easygoing demeanor strikes just the right chord with an up-and-coming Rockies team that's made back-to-back...
Newcomer Daniel Murphy says Rockies are built to win now
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Accustomed to the postseason, Daniel Murphy built his free agent checklist around playoff contenders.
When the ascendant Colorado Rockies showed as much interest in...
Rockies relievers ready for strong bullpen minus Ottavino
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Colorado Rockies will be without the reliever who boasted he could strike out Babe Ruth, but they believe the bridge between their solid starting rotation and premier closer Wade Davis remains sturdy.
Mile-high milestone: Rockies anchored by homegrown rotation
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — How's this for a mile-high milestone: The Colorado Rockies have one of baseball's best young starting rotations.
According to ace Kyle Freeland, at least.
"I think our rotation can stack up against anybody," Freeland said Wednesday when pitchers and catchers had their first workout.
Arenado, Rockies looking to sustain recent success
DENVER (AP) — The season remains weeks away and already Nolan Arenado hit one out of the park.
Reynolds a non-roster invitee to Rockies’ spring training
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies announced that infielder Mark Reynolds is among the team's non-roster invitees to major league spring training.
The 35-year-old Reynolds spent 2016 and '17 with the Rockies before joining Washington last season. He hit .248 with 13 homers and 40 RBIs in 86 games.
Should Reynolds be added to the 40-man roster, he would receive a $1 million, one-year contract and a chance to earn $1 million in performance bonuses.
Arenado, Rockies agree at $26M, most ever for arb eligible
DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado produces big numbers whether he steps into the batter's box or up to the negotiating table.
The All-Star third baseman and the Colorado Rockies agreed to a $26 million deal to avoid arbitration on Thursday, the largest one-year salary for an arbitration-eligible player.
"It's a great number. Very happy," Arenado wrote in a message to The Associated Press.
He and his side met with Rockies owner Dick Monfort and general manager Jeff Bridich to hammer out the historic deal.
Mark Reynolds agrees to minor league deal with Rockies
DENVER (AP) — First baseman Mark Reynolds says he has agreed to a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies.
His deal includes an invitation to major league spring training. If he is added to the 40-man roster, Reynolds would receive a $1 million, one-year contract and a chance to earn $1 million in performance bonuses.
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Larry Walker makes strides in HOF vote, but still short
DENVER (AP) — Larry Walker joined the conference call with reporters and quickly announced his arrival.
"54.6 percent here," the longtime player with the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals cracked.
That's his percentage in this year's Hall of Fame vote. Keep up this sort of jump, though, and he may be able to proclaim something different next season in his 10th and final year on the ballot: Hall of Famer.
Arenado seeks $30 million in arbitration with Rockies
DENVER (AP) — Four-time All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado asked for $30 million in salary arbitration Friday, while the Colorado Rockies offered $24 million.
Arenado, who has won six straight Gold Glove Awards and four consecutive Silver Slugger Awards, made $17.85 million last year.
Rockies bring in Daniel Murphy to play 1st base
DENVER (AP) — Daniel Murphy had no second thoughts about the Colorado Rockies bringing him in to play first base.
As for taking his kids to get a picture with Santa at the mall just days before the holiday? Hey, at least the whole family was wearing Rockies purple for the photo.
"Stood in line for an hour and a half," Murphy cracked Friday in a teleconference call from Jacksonville, Florida. "I'm just excited it all went through."
AP source: Daniel Murphy, Rockies agree to $24M, 2-year deal
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies have brought in Daniel Murphy to boost an offense big on pop but lackluster in batting average.
The veteran infielder has agreed to a $24 million, two-year contract with the Rockies, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was subject to a successful physical.
Lefty reliever Rosscup agrees to 1-year with Mariners
SEATTLE (AP) — Left-handed reliever Zac Rosscup and the Seattle Mariners agreed to a one-year contract that pays $610,000 in the major leagues and $140,000 in the minors, adding depth to their overhauled bullpen.
Rockies hire hitting coach Magadan after bad year at plate
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Colorado Rockies have hired Dave Magadan as their hitting coach after finishing with the lowest batting average in team history.
The Rockies made the move Wednesday at the winter meetings. They also said Ron Gideon, who had been on manager Bud Black's staff, will become the first base coach.
Bench coach Mike Redmond, pitching coach Steve Foster, third base coach Stu Cole, bullpen coach Darren Holmes and assistant hitting coach Jeff Salazar will remain in their roles.
Rusin, Rockies agree at $1,687,500, avoid salary arbitration
DENVER (AP) — Left-handed reliever Chris Rusin and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to one-year contract worth $1,687,500, a deal with a $400,000 raise that avoided salary arbitration.
Under the terms of the deal announced Thursday, Rusin would earn an additional $25,000 each for 40 and 50 games pitched and $50,000 should he make the All-Star Game.
The 32-year-old was 2-3 with a 6.09 ERA in 49 appearances last season. In the postseason, Rusin threw four scoreless innings.
Brewers and catcher Erik Kratz avoid salary arbitration
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Veteran catcher Erik Kratz and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a $1.2 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration and includes a $300,000 guarantee.
Kratz hit .236 with six homers and 23 RBIs in 219 plate appearances last season. He also excelled in Milwaukee's Division Series win over the Colorado Rockies, going 5 for 8 in two games.
Authorities identify bystander killed in Denver shootout
DENVER (AP) — Authorities have identified the bystander killed in a shootout last week in downtown Denver that left four people injured.
Prosecutors: Denver shooting was between gang members
DENVER (AP) — The two men arrested in a downtown Denver shooting that killed one person and wounded four others were members of warring groups within the Crips gang, according to federal court records.
Dashae Armstrong, who was charged Wednesday with possessing ammunition as a felon, was among the four people who were injured.
Denver Police announced Tuesday that another man, Joshua Hayward, had been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder.
1 dead, 4 injured after downtown Denver shooting
DENVER (AP) — One person was killed and four others were wounded in a shooting on a downtown Denver street Monday, but it was unclear what caused the violence and no one had been arrested, authorities said.
The shooting occurred in a neighborhood of new apartment buildings, restaurants and bars near the Colorado Rockies' stadium just as the evening rush hour was getting underway.
Rockies decline $12.5M option on outfielder Gerardo Parra
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies have declined their $12.5 million option on outfielder Gerardo Parra and will pay a $1.5 million buyout.
The 31-year-old, who became a free agent, hit .284 with six homers and 53 RBIs in his third season with the Rockies. He started 90 games in left field in 2018 and seven in right.
Parra saw action in three games during the Rockies' postseason run, including a start in Game 2 of the NL Division Series. He was 4 for 8 with a run scored.
Free Miller Lite Friday in Milwaukee with ‘beer series’ win
MILWAUKEE (AP) — As the Milwaukee Brewers prepare for Game One of the National League Championship Series, fans are cashing in on the team's victory in what some are calling the 'beer series.'
Free Miller Lite or Coors was at stake in the National League Division Series between two beer cities, Milwaukee and Denver. The Brewers won it in a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies. As a result, MillerCoors is making good on its promise and calling it Free Beer Friday in Milwaukee.
Free Miller Lite Friday in Milwaukee with ‘beer series’ win
MILWAUKEE (AP) — As the Milwaukee Brewers get ready for Game One of the National League Championship Series, fans are cashing in on the team's victory in what some have called the 'beer series.'
Rockies take step forward in year that finishes on sour note
DENVER (AP) — The immediate picture for the Colorado Rockies looks grim: a slumping offense that couldn't support solid pitching led to a quick end of Rocktober .
The larger view, now that's one third baseman Nolan Arenado prefers to take with him into the offseason.
Weekend Sports in Brief
DENVER (AP) — Wade Miley pitched masterfully into the fifth inning before turning it over to a lights-out Milwaukee bullpen, 38-year-old catcher Erik Kratz kept up his torrid hitting and the Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-0 in Game 3 on a cool, misty Sunday to sweep their NL Division Series.
Rockies’ wait for title will extend past a quarter century
DENVER (AP) — For once, the Colorado Rockies head into the offseason searching for more pop at the plate to go with excellent pitching, not the other way around.
The Rockies lacked patience at the plate in getting swept by Milwaukee in the best-of-five NL Division Series with a 6-0 loss Sunday, their second straight shutout.
Brewers sweep Rockies, advance to 1st NLCS since 2011
DENVER (AP) — The 38-year-old journeyman catcher looked to his left and spotted his Milwaukee Brewers teammates spilling out of the dugout. Erik Kratz then looked straight ahead and saw his reliever standing alone.
So he took off for Josh Hader to give him, "the biggest hug. ... Because you celebrate all your celebrations. Because you never know if you're going to get another one," Kratz said.
CarGo gone? Rockies, Gonzalez look to avoid NLDS elimination
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The thin mountain air in Denver might do wonders for the slumping Colorado Rockies.
They're going home again, down 2-0 in the NL Division Series to the Milwaukee Brewers. Game 3 in the best-of-five series is Sunday at Coors Field.
"I don't have a doubt that we're going to get things going," Rockies veteran outfielder Carlos Gonzalez said.
Chacin, Brewers blank Rockies 4-0, take 2-0 lead in NLDS
MILWAUKEE (AP) — It turns out there is way more to the Milwaukee Brewers than just Christian Yelich.
The rest of this Brew Crew can play, too. Especially those guys in that loaded bullpen.
Jhoulys Chacin pitched five sparkling innings on short rest, Mike Moustakas contributed two more big hits and the Brewers blanked the Colorado Rockies 4-0 Friday to take a 2-0 lead in their NL Division Series.
Rockies struggle again at plate, face elimination in NLDS
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chris Iannetta made contact, all right.
He slammed his bat over his right knee, splitting it in half after a strikeout with the potential tying run at third base in the seventh inning.
Connecting with the ball? Not so much.
It was the same old story for the Colorado Rockies in Game 2 of the NL Division Series: Their power-laden lineup couldn't score runs.
Rockies’ Marquez in Game 3 of NLDS; Miley likely for Brewers
MILWAUKEE (AP) — German Marquez will start Game 3 for the Colorado Rockies in the NL Division Series against the Brewers.
Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said he will likely turn to Wade Miley in the third game on Sunday unless the left-hander is needed out of the bullpen in Game 2.
The Brewers won the opener 3-2 in 10 innings.
Marquez going in Game 3 likely means that Kyle Freeland will start Game 4 if necessary on Monday at Coors Field.
Gonzalez hits cleanup as Rockies try to end slump in NLDS
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Right fielder Carlos Gonzalez will hit cleanup when the Colorado Rockies try to break out of their slump in Game 2 of the NL Division Series against the Milwaukee Brewers.
The left-handed slugger moved up after hitting sixth in the order in a 3-2 loss in 10 innings in Game 1 on Thursday at Miller Park.
Free beer up for grabs in NL Division Series
MILWAUKEE (AP) — As the Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies face off in the National League Division Series, the big brewing companies in their respective cities are squaring off to provide free beer in the winning team's community.
Suds from Milwaukee's Miller Brewing Company and Denver's Coors Brewing are at stake in what some are calling the 'beer series.' Both ballparks in Milwaukee and Denver are named for their brewing companies, which are both owned by MillerCoors.
Moustakas scores Yelich in 10th, Brewers top Rox in opener
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Extra innings, two outs and the winning run on third in Game 1 of the playoffs.
Short on playoff experience, the Milwaukee Brewers dealt for veteran Mike Moustakas over the summer to produce in just this kind of spot.
Moustakas scored MVP front-runner Christian Yelich with a two-out single in the 10th inning, and the Brewers bounced back to beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 Thursday in their NL Division Series opener.
Brewers GM, wife welcome first child on eve of NLDS opener
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns and his wife have expanded their roster at home just in time for the postseason.
Stearns' wife, Whitney, gave birth to a daughter , Nora, on Wednesday on the eve of Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Colorado Rockies. It's the couple's first child.
Brewers turn to Woodruff to open bullpen day vs Colorado
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Young right-hander Brandon Woodruff not only made the Milwaukee Brewers' playoff roster, but he's starting Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Colorado Rockies.
On hot streak, OF Ryan Braun hitting third for Brewers
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ryan Braun will hit third for the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 1 of their National League Division Series against the Colorado Rockies.
The veteran outfielder, who hit .346 with five homers over the final seven games of the regular season, will hit behind table-setters Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich.
A capsule look at the Rockies-Brewers playoff series
A look at the best-of-five National League Division Series between the Colorado Rockies and Milwaukee Brewers:
Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Thursday, at Milwaukee, 5:07 p.m. (FS1); Game 2, Friday, at Milwaukee, 4:15 p.m. (FS1); Game 3, Sunday, at Denver, 4:37 p.m. (MLB); x-Game 4, Monday, Oct. 8, at Denver, TBA; x-Game 5, Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Milwaukee, TBA.
Yelich’s talent at plate, steady demeanor helps Brewers
MILWAUKEE (AP) — With every home run and big hit, it's getting more difficult for Christian Yelich to go out in Milwaukee without being recognized.
It didn't stop the potential National League MVP from making a run to the supermarket for groceries, so his mother could make his favorite dish when she recently visited.
Taco night must go on for the Milwaukee Brewers' All-Star outfielder and his family.
Bullpen day catches on as Rockies, Brewers open NLDS series
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The bullpen day has come to October.
The Milwaukee Brewers plan to open their first postseason series in seven years with a reliever. Manager Craig Counsell hadn't decided who would go first when the Brewers host the Colorado Rockies in Game 1 of the NL Division Series on Thursday.
Milwaukee led the majors with a 1.98 bullpen ERA in September, so why not go straight to a great strength?
Brewers turn to bullpen to open NLDS, Senzatela for Rockies
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell says he will open the National League Division Series against the Colorado Rockies with a bullpen day on the mound.
The Rockies are turning to Antonio Senzatela to start Game 1 at Miller Park on Thursday. The right-hander is 6-6 with a 4.38 ERA in 23 games, including 13 starts.