Rockies considering Eric Young as first base coach

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Troy Renck of the Denver Post hears from a “source close to the situation” that Eric Young Sr. — a major leaguer for 15 seasons — has emerged as a strong candidate for the Rockies’ first base coach gig.

Young played for the Rockies from 1993-1997 and owns the franchise record for stolen bases with 180. The 46-year-old worked as a first base coach for the Diamondbacks from 2010-2012 and spent two weeks tutoring Rockies baserunners last spring training, so this wouldn’t a total public relations-minded hire.

Colorado is also trying to patch a vacancy at hitting coach. Double-A Tulsa manager Kevin Riggs has been interviewed, but the club is ultimately expected to bring in somebody from the outside. Dante Bichette resigned after one season to spend more time with his family.

Red Sox trade Roenis Elias back to the Mariners

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The Boston Red Sox announced this afternoon that they’ve traded lefty Roenis Elias to the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later or cash.

Boston had acquired Elias in the same trade that netted them reliever Carson Smith in exchange for Wade Miley and Jonathan Aro back in December of 2015. Since that time Elias has not been a part of the Red Sox’ plans, pitching in just four big league games — eight innings total — in all of 2016 and 2017 and not making an appearance for the big club this season. He was pretty solid for Pawtucket in 2016 but 2017 was largely lost to injuries.

Now he’s headed back to Seattle where, once upon a time, Elias posted a 3.85 ERA in 29 starts as a rookie for the Mariners.