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Rockies Sign Righty Bryan Shaw, Re-Sign Lefty Jake McGee

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The Colorado Rockies have signed Bryan Shaw and re-signed Jake McGee to identical three-year, $27 million deals with a fourth-year option, MLB.com’s Thomas Harding reports.

Both deals became official on Friday.

As the Rockies are uncertain whether or not Greg Holland will return as the team’s closer after locking up 41 saves in 2017, they’re reportedly keeping other options for a proven closer. Adding Shaw and re-signing McGee, two successful relievers, puts them in a good position to fill that spot.

Shaw, 30, has spent the last five years with the Cleveland Indians, appearing in 378 games (all in relief) during that stretch while posting an ERA of 3.11 in 358 2/3 innings. Since 2014, he’s been in the top-two in the American League in appearances each season. Prior to Cleveland, he began his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011-12 (97 relief appearances, 3.18 ERA in 87 2/3 innings)

“I know a few guys on the team (Colorado) that I’ve played with in the past,” said Shaw. “And they really enjoy this organization, and players that have left this organization have nothing but amazing and great things to say about the clubhouse, the city, the front office- everything that happens out here.”

Shaw’s signing gives the Rockies some insurance after losing free agent right-handed veteran Pat Neshek to the Philadelphia Phillies; Neshek posted a 2.45 ERA for Colorado in 28 games last year after being acquired prior to the trade deadline.

McGee, 31, will be entering his third season with the Rockies. In 2017, he posted a 3.61 ERA in 62 games across 57 1/3 innings. In eight Major League seasons since 2010 (spent first six with the Tampa Bay Rays), he’s posted a 3.15 ERA in 416 games- all in relief- with a 10.3 strikeout-per-nine ratio.

“From the first year I was here (Colorado) to how well we played last year, the whole clubhouse together, the whole culture is pretty cool to be around,” said McGee. “It’s a winning culture now. For us to make the Wild Card and this year build off it, have a stronger team going forward, it’s going to be awesome.”

In addition to Holland, other options at closer that the Rockies are reportedly looking into are Wade Davis, Zach Britton, Alex Colome, and Kelvin Herrera, Harding reports.

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Rockies’ Trevor Story Hits Estimated 505 Feet Homerun

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Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story smacked two homeruns against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night, one that measure 505 feet.

According to The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly, Story’s 505 foot moonshot was the longest homer in the Statcast era, topping the previous mark held by New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton who hit a 504-footer ion 2016 when he was a member of the Miami Marlins.

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Rockies Select Contract Of Matt Holliday

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The Colorado Rockies have selected the contract of Matt Holliday, who signed a minor league deal with Colorado last month, which will bring him back to the team for the first time since 2008, according to the Denver Post’s Patrick Saunders.

The 38-year old slugger was hopeful to continue his career, but there were questions regarding his big league future after he went unsigned this past offseason. Holliday made the most of his opportunity with Triple-A Albuquerque, posting a .346/.452/.596 slash line with 3 homers.

A spot was created on their 40-man roster when Chris Rabago was claimed on outright waivers by the New York Yankees, whom Holliday spent the 2017 season playing for. The Rockies optioned Garrett Hampson was optioned to Triple A in a corresponding move.

 

 

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Suspensions Handed Out For Padres/Rockies, Yankees/Red Sox Brawls

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This past Wednesday featured a couple pretty good basebrawls.

First, the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies went at it in the afternoon:

Followed by the main event of the evening, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox heating up their rivalry:

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Nothing like a good baseball fight. If you’re not a fan of them, you’re not a true fan of baseball.

Let’s recap briefly the series of events that led up to both fights. Prior to Rockies third baseman and All-Star Nolan Arenado charging the mound at Padres starting pitcher Luis Perdomo, there had been a total of six players hit by pitches in the two teams’ meetings this season- but only one Rockie.

Perdomo threw behind Arenado leading off the bottom of the third, and Arenado was having none of it. He immediately charged the mound, Perdomo threw his glove, missed, and Arenado nearly connected on a solid right. Arenado and Perdomo were ejected, as well as three other players.

On Friday, suspensions for that brawl were announced:

Obviously, this hurts the Rockies much more than it does the Padres. Arenado is a guy you want in your lineup. He’s one of the best players in the game. Him missing five games is way more significant than Perdomo- who’s honestly not that good- missing essentially what is one start.

Now for the main event. In Wednesday’s game at Fenway which followed a 14-1 spanking by Boston to New York the previous evening, tensions started to boil in the third inning when Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin slid with his spikes up into the heel of Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt:

The benches emptied, but it was very brief, and no punches were thrown. Austin wasn’t thrown at in his next at-bat, which appeared to had been the end of it. For Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly, he drilled Austin in the back in the top of the seventh, which Austin didn’t like. Kelly challenged him to come to the mound, Austin obliged, and Fenway became a fighting frenzy.

Austin and Kelly were both ejected, as well as Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin.

One day later, suspensions were handed down, with only Austin and Kelly receiving them:

With additional fines for players on the disabled list who came onto the field:

Austin and Kelly both plan on appealing their suspensions.

Since Wednesday (five days ago), Austin hasn’t appeared in a game, while Kelly has pitched in two games.

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