MLB Hot Stove 2012: Colorado Rockies Acquire 2B Marco Scutaro From Boston Red Sox

With the Scutaro acquisition, the Colorado Rockies Opening Day lineup appears set.

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Seth Smith Trade: Colorado Rockies Trade Outfielder To Oakland Athletics

The Colorado Rockies have announced a trade with the Oakland Athletics, sending OF Seth Smith to Oakland for pitchers Guillermo Moscoso and Josh Outman.

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Michael Cuddyer, Colorado Rockies Agree To Three-Year, $31.5 Million Contract , According To Report

The Colorado Rockies had been targeting free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer for weeks now, and now the team has agreed to terms with Cuddyer on a three-year, $31.5 million deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Here is exactly what Heyman had to say about the deal, via Twitter:

Cuddyer was known to be looking to make more than $30 million over three years, which eliminated the Twins and their  three-year, $25 million offer from his consideration. Looks like Cuddyer got what he wanted out of the market and will be happy to join the Rockies. Cuddyer, 32, played 11 seasons with the Minnesota Twins and hit .284/.346/.459 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 2011. He is expected to start in left field for the Rockies.      

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Colorado Rockies Announce Chris Iannetta-For-Tyler Chatwood Trade, Ramon Hernandez Signing Coming

We've been getting a wave of reports over the past hour or so, but things have come together quickly recently. The Colorado Rockies recently announced on their official Twitter feed that they've traded catcher Chris Iannetta to the Los Angeles Angels for pitcher Tyler Chatwood, confirming previous reports.

Iannetta is expected to become the primary catcher in Los Angeles, while Chatwood gives the Rockies depth at the back of their rotation. It's worth noting that Iannetta's 2013 club option is voided by this trade, though, so he's essentially going to the Angels for one year at $3.5 million, which is obviously a bargain for a catcher of his caliber.

As for Ramon HernandezKen Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that he'll be receiving a two-year, $6.5 million deal from Colorado. The general reaction appears to be pretty positive to the deal given how well Hernandez has played lately, as well as the bloated contracts handed out to the likes of Juan Rivera and Willie Bloomquist so far this offseason. 

This appears to be a pretty solid switch for the Rockies. Colorado likely views Hernandez as similar in quality to Iannetta, so in this situation they essentially replace the latter with the former over the next two years and happen to add a quality young pitcher, Chatwood, in the process. 

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Colorado Rockies To Sign Ramon Hernandez And Trade Chris Iannetta To Angels, According To Reports

The Colorado Rockies have been working to acquire a new catcher this winter, once again reflecting some odd dissatisfaction with incumbent Chris Iannetta, and now they're bringing in free agent Ramon Hernandez on a two-year deal while shipping out Iannetta to the Angels, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Renck adds that starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood appears to be coming to Colorado in exchange for Iannetta, boding with previous reports naming him as a possible Rockies target.

Hernandez will be receiving a two-year deal from the Rockies, as reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The 35-year-old was expected to be able to command a starting gig this winter, and it appears that he's gotten it. Over the 2010-2011 seasons, he hit a combined .290/.353/.437 over 680 plate appearances for the Cincinnati Reds, so he's shown more than enough pop to play regularly behind the plate despite his advancing age.

The Rockies also have reportedly traded Iannetta, a good player that's been in and out of favor with Rockies management over the years, to the Los Angeles Angels. This is presumably great news for Angels fans, who no longer will need to see Jeff Mathis play (hopefully ever again).

As for the Rockies, they get Tyler Chatwood in return according to the reports. He didn't put up great numbers last season, including the worst K/BB ratio of any pitcher with more than 140 innings pitched, but he throws hard (fastball averaged 93 MPH last year) and he's not even 22 yet. There's some upside here, and the Rockies understandably are seeking young, MLB-ready pitchers to fill their roster.

In the end, you have the Rockies replacing Iannetta with Hernandez, and adding Chatwood to the back of the rotation. For a team that just couldn't quite commit to Iannetta as an everyday player for some reason, replacing him with a solid veteran while adding some young depth to the starting rotation is an understandable move. Expect there to be mixed opinions, though, as many would presumably argue that Iannetta has loads of upside as a regular given his offensive ability.

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Colorado Rockies May Have Interest In RHP Roy Oswalt

The MLB Hot Stove has begun to heat up as teams around the league begin to scope the free agent market.

The Colorado Rockies are no exception, having already shown interest in the Atlanta Braves' 2B Martin Prado, and now Thomas Hardy of MLB.com is reporting the Rockies may pursue starting pitcher Roy Oswalt:

The Rockies' search for an innings-eater at the top of their rotation could lead them to pursue free-agent right-hander Roy Oswalt ... The Rockies' brain trust is in Scottsdale, Ariz., for a summit this week, and exploring Oswalt is among the many subjects.

Last year, Roy Oswalt was a limited member of one of the greatest rotations last year, serving two separate stints on the DL.

Oswalt finished the season with a 3.69 ERA and 3.44 FIP, pitching 139 innings over 23 starts. He turns 35 next August, but has never had major injury concerns in the past.

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