Rockies reportedly turned down Jed Lowrie for Chris Iannetta

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Chris Iannetta has been linked to the Red Sox for a while now, in part because they need catching help both short and long term and in part because the Rockies don’t seem to appreciate what they have in a 27-year-old backstop with an .808 career OPS.
However, according to Peter Gammons the Rockies aren’t that eager to deal Iannetta because they turned down the Red Sox’s offer of Jed Lowrie for him. Which they should have, of course. Lowrie hasn’t been healthy since 2008 and wasn’t as good as Iannetta even back then, so they clearly aren’t close to equally valuable properties now.
With that said, unless the Rockies decide to deal Iannetta before then it sure seems likely that the Red Sox will make a more serious run at him this offseason once Victor Martinez hits the open market.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.