Could Jason Marquis be left off the postseason rotation?

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Seems crazy given the fact that he was an All Star and has 15 wins, but given his late season slide, including last night’s loss, people are talking about it in Denver:

An all-star, one of baseball’s most
pleasant surprises for four months, Marquis has raised at least a
morsel of doubt regarding his playoff rotation spot . . .
If, as expected, the Rockies reach the
postseason, they must configure their rotation. As it stands, the only
lock is Ubaldo Jimenez for the Oct. 7 opener, followed closely by Jorge
De La Rosa, Marquis, Jason Hammel and Aaron Cook. Only four starters
would be necessary, leaving Cook an X-factor to wedge himself back in
with a strong showing Friday. A rotation without Marquis seems a
longshot but can no longer be dismissed out of hand.

Marquis has gotten used to being left out of the mix in the postseason. Early in his career it was because he was the least-essential pitcher on the Atlanta Braves. More recently, it’s because he’s posted poor second halves, not unlike the one he has going on this year.  He’s the bizarro Adam LaRoche, really.

If the postseason started today, the Rockies would face the Cardinals. Marquis has faced St. Louis once this year, and pitched well. He’s done pretty decently against them overall in his career, posting a 9-7 record and a 3.80 ERA.  My guess is that he’s in the rotation, but the very fact that reasonable people are suggesting he might not be bodes ill for the Rockies’ chances once the playoffs start.

Colby Rasmus could start 2017 on the disabled list

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Colby Rasmus isn’t ready to take outfield reps just yet. According to Rays’ manager Kevin Cash, that’s a red flag, one that could potentially postpone Rasmus’ debut as the club’s designated hitter and outfielder in 2017. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Rasmus will need to prove he can play a defensive position before getting cleared for the active roster, something which the veteran outfielder has yet to do this spring.

Rasmus, 30, signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Rays following his two-year run with the Astros. He batted a meager .206/.286/.355 with 15 home runs and a .641 OPS in 2016 and was shut down in late September with an unspecified hip/groin issue. Entering the 2017 season, he’s expected to work his way back to a full-time role after undergoing surgery to repair his core muscle and left hip labrum last October.

The Rays also finalized their one-year, $1.2 million deal with catcher Derek Norris on Saturday and will need to clear room for him on the 40-man roster. Topkin speculates that the move could send Rasmus to the 60-day disabled list, though the outfielder is not projected to miss more than a couple weeks of the regular season.

Report: Rangers agree to six-year extension with Rougned Odor

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The Rangers have reportedly agreed to a six-year, $49.5 million extension for second baseman Rougned Odor, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. The extension comes with a club option for a seventh year, Heyman adds.

It’s close to the six-year, $52.5 million extension Jason Kipnis netted with the Indians in 2014, a sum Odor was rumored to be seeking during contract negotiations over the last two years. Granted, the circumstances are a little different this time around. Both players signed extensions on the cusp of their fourth year in the major leagues, but at 27 years old, Kipnis was coming off of an All-Star campaign and a career-high 4.5 fWAR performance. Odor, meanwhile, saw mixed results in 2016, batting 33 home runs and putting up 2.0 fWAR while struggling to stay consistent at the plate and exhibiting poor defense.

According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, Odor previously agreed to a $563,180 salary for 2017. Depending on when the extension kicks in, it should cover all three of Odor’s arbitration-eligible seasons and two seasons of potential free agency. The team has yet to confirm the extension.