Baseball math with Rockies owner Dick Monfort

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The Rockies owner says the team can win 90 games. How does he get there?

“A year ago, the fifth starter in our rotation won one or two games or something like that,” Monfort said. “You put Anderson into our rotation, and you take out that fifth starter. I know Anderson isn’t our fifth starter, but he allows you to replace the fifth guy who was the weakness in our rotation. Anderson can win 12, 14, 16 games if he’s healthy. You add 12 to our 74 victories from last year and that’s 86.”

The extra four wins come “if things go our way.”

QED.

White Sox won’t make bid for Bryce Harper

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The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.

Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.

Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.

The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.