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Rockies not planning to move Tulo, Gonzalez

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich reportedly told FOX Sports’ Jon Heyman on Tuesday that it is “highly, highly unlikely” that either Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez will be traded prior to Opening Day.

Both players have been mentioned frequently as potential trade pieces this offseason, but nothing has come of it thus far. Tulowitzki, in particular, was tied to a number of teams earlier in the offseason, including both New York clubs, but those talks never gained much traction.

The Yankees instead acquired Didi Gregorius from the D-backs and the Mets insisted they are content on entering the season with Wilmer Flores as their starting shortstop. There have been virtually no other rumors involving Tulowitzki over the past month.

Though the Rockies were said to at least be listening to potential offers for the duo, it’s unlikely that they’ve heard the type of substantial offer they’re looking for. Not only are both Tulowitzki and Gonzalez coming off injury-plagued seasons, but Tulowitzki — who’s had a number of injury concerns throughout his career — is owed $114 million over the next six seasons and Gonzalez is due $53 million over the next three years.

Whether it’s because the Rockies truly want to keep both players or they simply couldn’t find a suitable trade partner, it appears for the time being that both Tulowitzki and Gonzalez will begin the season in Colorado.

– Paul Casella

Marlins add Masset on Minor League deal

The Marlins and reliever Nick Masset have agreed to terms on a Minor League contract, according to a report by CBS Sports.

It’s not clear if the deal includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training. The Marlins have not confirmed the report.

Masset, 32, appeared in 51 games with the Rockies last season. The right-hander was 2-0 with a 5.80 ERA and 36 strikeouts against 24 walks over 45 innings. He did not pitch in the Majors from 2012-13 because of shoulder issues.

– Austin Laymance

Gee trade could be on the horizon

The Mets expect to trade right-hander Dillon Gee within the next “7-10 days,” according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, though free agent James Shields’ final decision could impact that timetable.

The Mets have been actively shopping Gee for much of the offseason, with the Rockies, Padres and Giants believed to be the current frontrunners. That said, the Giants have also been linked to Shields, meaning they may want to let that situation play out before making a substantial offer to the Mets.

Gee has been one of the more popular starting pitchers mentioned in trade talks this offseason, along with the Phillies’ Cole Hamels. Gee and Hamels have often been mentioned as potential fallback options for pitching-needy teams that ultimately miss out on Shields, especially with Jon Lester having already signed with the Cubs last month.

– Paul Casella

Rockies sign Descalso

The Rockies have signed infielder Daniel Descalso to a two-year contract, the club announced on Tuesday.

Descalso’s deal includes $3.6 million in guaranteed money over two years and an additional $500,000 each year in performance bonuses, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Descalso, 28, became a free agent when he was non-tendered by the Cardinals earlier this month. He had a .242/.333/.311 slash line with St. Louis over 104 games in 2014. He has played all over the infield during five seasons in the Majors, but has seen the most action at third base and second.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Daniel to the Rockies family,” Rockies senior vice president/general manager Jeff Bridich said in a statement released by the team. “We believe his versatile skill set, his experience level and his veteran leadership will be great additions to our Major League process.”

Descalso has appeared in 44 postseason games over his career with the Cardinals, helping the team win the World Series in 2011.

The Rockies’ 40-man roster is now full.

–Austin Laymance

Rockies among the teams interested in Gee

The Rockies are the latest team to be mentioned as a potential landing spot for Mets right-hander Dillon Gee, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The Rangers, Padres, Twins, Giants, and Royals have all also been linked to Gee.

It’s no secret that Colorado is in pursuit of some much-needed pitching help after its staff suffered numerous injuries this past season en route to compiling a Major League-worst 4.84 ERA. Aside from left-handers Jorge De La Rosa and Tyler Matzek, the Rockies starting rotation is currently filled with question marks.

Former staff ace Jhoulys Chacin (rotator cuff fraying) has an uncertain future, while right-handers Jordan Lyles and Christian Bergman both suffered broken left hands in freak incidents last season. Making matters worse, right-handed prospect Eddie Butler suffered a rotator cuff strain in his big league debut and 2013 first-round pick Jon Gray was hampered by right biceps tendinitis throughout his first full professional season.

The 28-year-old Gee posted a 4.00 ERA over 137 1/3 innings in 22 starts this past season for the Mets, but would come with two more years of arbitration eligibility.

– Paul Casella

Angels looking to deal for middle infielder

The Angels are still engaged in trade talks to acquire middle infield depth, with MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reporting there’s a “good chance they get something done today.”

Gonzalez previously reported that the Angels have interest in both the Rockies’ Josh Rutledge and the Twins’ Eduardo Escobar. They are also said to like Boston’s Brock Holt, though the Red Sox are apparently asking too much in return for the Halos’ liking.

As far as potential trade pieces, Angels relievers Vinnie Pestano and Fernando Salas have both been mentioned in rumors, while Gonzalez adds that fellow reliever Kevin Jepsen is also in play.

It’s still possible that the Angels re-sign backup second baseman Gordon Beckham, but that wouldn’t stop them from pulling the trigger on adding further infield depth. Starting second baseman Howie Kendrick and third baseman David Freese are both set to become free agents after next season, while shortstop Ercik Aybar can hit the market after the 2016 campaign.

– Paul Casella

Marlins interested in Morse, Morneau

Two names near the top of the Marlins’ list when it comes to filling their void at first base are free agent Michael Morse and Colorado’s Justin Morneau, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.

The Marlins have made it a priority this offseason to find an upgrade at first base. They believe Morse could be the solution after the 32-year-old batted .279/.336/.475 to go along with 16 homers and 61 RBIs over 131 games this past season with the Giants.

That said, it won’t be easy for the Marlins to sign him. A number of other teams have expressed interest in Morse, including at least two American League teams in the Rangers and Orioles. The option of occassionally serving as a designated hitter may be something that appeals to Morse, given his injury history.

As for Morneau, it’s unclear whether or not the Marlins have even contacted the Rockies at this point, let alone what they’d offer in return.

– Paul Casella

Rockies talked to Mets about Tulo, nothing there

The Rockies have reportedly been “poking around” on a potential Troy Tulowitzki trade with the Mets, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, though he adds that he’s been told the deal is “not happening.”

This is on par with the reports this offseason that the Rockies plan is to ultimately hold on to Tulowitzki. That said, things could always change if the Mets — or any other shortstop-needy team, for that matter — up their pursuit and sweeten the deal.

The fact that the Rockies have at least entertained the idea suggests that a trade could be possible, but it certainly appears that Tulowitzki will be staying in Colorado.

– Paul Casella

Nats hire Wetzel as special assistant

Veteran scout Terry Wetzel has joined the Washington Nationals as a special assistant to general manager Mike Rizzo, according to Major League sources.

Wetzel has 32 years of experience scouting, the last 15 with the Colorado Rockies as a special assistant to the general manager. He also spent 17 years with the Kansas City Royals, starting out as an area amateur scout and eventually becoming the Royals scouting director.

A 2011 inductee into the Texas Baseball Scouts Hall of fame, Wetzel was honored as the Ewing Kaufmann scout of the Year with the Royals in 1993, and the Pat Daugherty Scout of the Year award with the Rockies in 2003.

–Tracy Ringolsby

Disclaimer: No indication Rockies owner can be swayed into dealing Tulo … Still, team has to be prepared if talks occur

We preface everything here with the simple statement, based on conversations with sources inside and outside the Rockies organization:

Owner Dick Monfort has no interest in trading shortstop Troy Tulowitzki at Thursday afternoon’s non-waiver Trade Deadline. The belief that a healthy Rockies club, with an improved rotation and a bullpen overhaul, is a winner next season means odds are against Monfort moving Tulowitzki — signed for extreme riches through 2020 — this offseason.

But the way to not get caught off guard is to be prepared, even if you know nothing may happen.

In the days leading to the Trade Deadline, the Rockies are getting ready for the magic phone call, even if it’s not coming.

The Rockies spent much of Monday studying the Mets organization, looking at current Major Leaguers and prospects, and gauging the abilities of young pitchers who have not reached their arbitration years. Any Mets pitcher who is anyone, whether he is working in Queens – like National League Rookie of the Year candidate Jacob deGrom – or prospects such as righty Noah Syndergaard (No. 1 on the MLB.com Mets Top 20 Prospects list) or Rafael Montero (No. 6), the Rockies are prepared to discuss. If the names of numerous position players come up, the Rockies are prepared.

But here’s the thing. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson on Monday said it is “unlikely” the team will make any deal, and sources throughout the game are saying it’s unlikely anything serious will occur with the Rockies. And, as can’t be stated enough, it’s all fantasy unless Monfort changes his belief that the Rockies will win with Tulowitzki.

But that’s the way these things work. Oh, it’s not only the Mets. We hear the Rockies have beefed up their knowledge on the Cardinals and the Angels – two teams with the money and Major League-ready players to make the Rockies’ baseball people at least listen if they were to call – and a few other teams that may have interest. Speaking of which, since Tulowitzki’s showing up at Yankee Stadium Sunday sparked so many conspiracy theories, we are told the Yankees are not one of the teams that the Rockies believe have players it takes to pull off a Tulowizki deal.

There’s absolutely no indication either team will make that call before the deadline. Nonetheless, the Rockies want to have detailed information if talks ever begin.

Other fronts appear to be quiet, although there is interest.

• We identified the Pirates as a team that is taking a look at Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins, and now we’re told that 5-6 clubs are interested in Hawkins, knowing he can pitch in any situation. But two issues are making it hard to deal the 41-year-old reliever with the ageless right arm:

The Rockies believe his influence is strong enough on young players and young pitchers that they want to keep him around, even though the team is in last place.

The Rockies’ requirement for help at the start of next season, plus pitchers under club control applies to Hawkins. Teams in contention haven’t offered what the Rockies want.

• It’s doubtful the Rockies will move lefty Jorge De La Rosa, who has pitched better at Coors than any pitcher in their history. The Rockies have been listening when clubs inquire, but after it surfaced that the Rockies coveted Orioles righty Kevin Gausman and a whole haul of prospects, no other team’s interest made it to the rumor stage. Expect the Rockies to make the $14 million qualifying offer to De La Rosa, a free agent after this season, and use that as the basis for keeping him.

• While the Rockies have scouted lefty Brett Anderson since his return from a broken left index finger, but there are no active discussions. The Rockies are expected to pick up Anderson’s $12 million option for next season.

– Thomas Harding

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