Chicago Cubs having active talks with Yu Darvish

CHICAGO — A person with direct knowledge of the discussions says the Chicago Cubs are having active talks with free-agent pitcher Yu Darvish. The 31-year-old Darvish is one of the top remaining players available in a slow-moving market this winter. He finished last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, helping them reach the World Series. Related Articles Roy Halladay autopsy report says former pitcher had amphetamine, morphine in system Tim

Saunders: Is Rockies’ Nolan Arenado baseball’s best third baseman? Depends who you ask.

Is Nolan Arenado the best third baseman in baseball? “Of course he is.” That’s the automatic answer for those who frequently venture to Coors Field or regularly watch Rockies games on TV. For them, it’s gospel truth. Arenado’s spectacular fielding — a tantalizing mixture of consistency and “did-you-see-that?!” acrobatics — has many Rockies fans thinking he has a chance to be the best third baseman of all time. His ability

Tim Tebow invited to spring training by Mets

NEW YORK — Tim Tebow will be at spring training with the New York Mets. The 30-year-old outfielder was among a group of nine spring training invitees announced by the team Friday. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former Denver Broncos quarterback is preparing for his second professional baseball season. He hit .226 with eight homers, 52 RBIs and 126 strikeouts in 126 games last year at Class A with

Roy Halladay autopsy report says former pitcher had amphetamine, morphine in system

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — An autopsy report says retired star pitcher Roy Halladay had evidence of amphetamine, morphine and an insomnia drug in his system when he died in a small plane crash in Florida last year. The Tampa Bay Times reports that an autopsy released Friday shows the former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies All-Star died from blunt force trauma with drowning as a contributing factor when

Nolan Arenado setting high bar for Rockies’ young starters

The Rockies’ sky-high expectations for the 2018 season rest, in large part, on their young starting rotation. All-star third baseman Nolan Arenado is excited about the rotation’s potential, but he’s setting a high bar for Jon Gray, German Marquez, Tyler Anderson, Jeff Hoffman and Antonio Senzatela. David Zalubowski, The Associated PressRockies all-star third baseman Nolan Arenado, right, expects young starters such as left-hander Kyle Freeland to give the club quality

Rockies resistant to some of MLB’s pace-of-play rule changes

While the Rockies understand the need for a nip here and a tuck there to speed up the pace of baseball games, they are not in favor of major changes. Indeed, they view Major League Baseball’s recent proposals with a skeptical eye. “I’m not too fond of trying to make too many changes in the game,” all-star third baseman Nolan Arenado said Saturday. “Baseball is a slower game, it’s a

Nothing to see here. Just Charlie Blackmon and Von Miller hanging out together at a Nuggets game.

The sports stars of the Denver universe aligned Friday night. Denver Broncos all-pro linebacker Von Miller was spotted Friday courtside at the Nuggets game hanging out with none other than Rockies all-star Charlie Blackmon. Both have become regulars at the Nuggets’ games at Pepsi Center. Unfortunately, the multi-millionaire duo didn’t get to see the best game, as the Nuggets fell to the Suns 108-100. There was some excitement in the

Major League Baseball players reject pitch clock, mound limits

NEW YORK — The players’ association rejected Major League Baseball’s proposal to institute 20-second pitch clocks and limits on mound visits, a move that dares management to unilaterally impose the changes designed to speed pace of games. Union head Tony Clark and deputy general counsel Matt Nussbaum informed MLB of the decision Thursday during a telephone call to deputy commissioner Dan Halem, a person familiar with the decision told The

Rockies pitcher Kyle Freeland returns to his Denver elementary school, brightening the day for students and teachers

Susan Freeland wasn’t prepared for the emotions that rushed over her Thursday morning when her son, Kyle, walked into the gymnasium at Holm Elementary School. “I didn’t expect that, not at all,” she said. “As many times as I’ve seen Kyle here at this school, and as many times as I’ve seen him pitch, you wouldn’t think it would get to me. Maybe it was just the reaction of the

Rockies’ versatile Pat Valaika ready to play any position, including first base

Pat Valaika prides himself on being the Rockies’ ever-ready utility player. As spring training nears, he’s willing to expand that role to include first base, if called upon. “I would anticipate getting some time over there,” Valaika said Thursday. “I’m in the role where almost any position on the field is an option, so I need to be ready to play all of them, and first base is one of

Coors Field, home of Rockies, ranks No. 14 for stadium experience

Those who love Coors Field — opposing pitchers are not included in this group — revel in the summer sunsets, the perfect, green outfield grass, the Rooftop party deck and the LoDo vibe. Coors is docked points for some very long games (four hours for nine innings can dampen any fan’s enthusiasm) and its crazy scores, but it has become a Colorado go-to destination. The Rockies drew 2.59 million fans

Slow market changed Jay Bruce’s outlook before return to Mets

NEW YORK — Jay Bruce was surprised by the free-agent market. “The way the offseason kind of went and the slowness of it kind of maybe changed my outlook on it a little bit,” he said Wednesday at a Citi Field news conference. Bruce returned to the Mets for a $39 million, three-year contract, five months after New York traded the 30-year-old outfielder to Cleveland. “I think there’s been a

Mark Reynolds wants to return to Rockies — at the right price

Veteran first baseman Mark Reynolds would like to return to the Rockies for a third season, and he can rattle off a number of reasons why it makes sense. But that doesn’t mean it’s a sure thing. For one thing, Reynolds made it clear Tuesday that he’s looking to sign a guaranteed, big-league deal. He came to spring training last year on a minor-league deal with Colorado, made the team

Lunch Special: Colorado Rockies hot stove chat with Patrick Saunders

The Denver Post’s Patrick Saunders is answering questions from readers about the Colorado Rockies in a live Lunch Special chat beginning at noon. Mobile users, don’t see the live chat? Tap here. (function(d, s, id) {var js,ijs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://embed.scribblelive.com/widgets/embed.js";ijs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, ijs);}(document, "script", "scrbbl-js"));Hey gang, welcome to another edition of the Lunch Special. Today we'll be joined by Patrick Saunders for a little Rockies hot stove chatter. Got a question? Drop it into the

Have the Rockies already found their first baseman? Rookie keeping Colorado off the hot stove — for now.

Ryan McMahon carried more bags than he swung bats in a brief major-league stint late last season. As a Rockies’ rookie call-up, his job was to follow veterans, in part as ritual introduction and in part as apprenticeship. But the Rockies’ rookie slugger, their No. 2 prospect according to Baseball America, seems headed for a spiked increase in responsibility next month. As baseball’s hot stove season continues to look for

Andrew McCutchen traded to San Francisco Giants from Pittsburgh Pirates

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants acquired Andrew McCutchen from the Pittsburgh Pirates for right-hander Kyle Crick, minor league outfielder Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 in international signing bonus allocation. Pittsburgh also will send the Giants cash to cover part of McCutchen’s $14.75 million salary. Related Articles Hall of Fame umpire Doug Harvey, called “God” by players, dies at 87 Astros heat up hot stove by acquiring Pirates ace Gerrit Cole Josh

Hall of Fame umpire Doug Harvey, called “God” by players, dies at 87

VISALIA, Calif. — Doug Harvey was so sure of his calls on the diamond, he ended every game the same way. Following the last out, the umpire took his wad of chewing tobacco and flung it on home plate. “I never did have any doubt in my mind,” he once said. “The only thing in my mind was, ‘Bring it on, suckers!'” One of only 10 umpires in the Hall

Astros heat up hot stove by acquiring Pirates ace Gerrit Cole

HOUSTON — The Houston Astros already had two Cy Young winners on their staff. They’re hoping Gerrit Cole can make it three. The World Series champions boosted their rotation with another big arm, acquiring Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a five-player trade Saturday. The Pirates got right-handers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin for their 27-year-old ace. Cole will join All-Stars Dallas

Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta has turned Jack Winery into label of love

From the start of spring training in mid-February, through the dog days of summer, and into the cool nights of autumn, Rockies’ veteran catcher Chris Iannetta blocks pitches in the dirt, winces as foul tips sting his fingertips and works in a uniform soaked in sweat. But there is another man behind the mask. Iannetta is also a maker of fine wines. The basement cellar of his home outside of

Josh Donaldson agrees to 1-year, $23M deal with Toronto Blue Jays

TORONTO — Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a $23 million contract Friday, the largest one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player. The 32-year-old, a three-time All-Star, topped the $21,625,000, one-year deal covering 2018 agreed to last May by outfielder Bryce Harper and Washington. Donaldson, the 2015 AL MVP, got a $6 million raise after rebounding from an injury-slowed 2016 to hit .270 last season with