Preliminary answers to some questions heading into spring.
I wrote a few weeks ago that spring training statistics matter a lot, though I was lying to you. But just because each players’ and the team’s numerical output doesn’t provide much indication as to what to expect in the regular season, that doesn’t mean spring training is without lessons. Herewith are some preliminary answers to a few of the most pressing questions heading into spring training.

Will the Rockies manipulate a player’s service clock to gain an extra year of control?

Okay—this wasn’t a pressing question heading into spring training. It is now though, and the question pertains to Jon Gray. The last time the team faced this issue was when Nolan Arenado debuted in late April 2013. The team kept him down to maintain control for an extra year. If Gray begins the season with the Rockies, as opposed to coming up about two weeks into the season, the team will lose that extra year of control (Butler already has service time, so he’d have to stay down much longer). I’m ambivalent about this. On the one hand, I want good players to play for the Rockies as long as possible. On the other hand, in a confrontation between a corporation and a laborer, I’m going to side with the laborer in most cases, even if that laborer will someday make more money in a year than I’ll make in my lifetime. Keeping Gray in the minors might rob Rockies fans of an extra season of him on the team, but it also robs Gray of future earnings by delaying his free agency. A related question…

When will the prospects be with the big club?

The Rockies have more prospects than just Jon Gray and Eddie Butler, but they are the only ones close to donning Rockies purple. For the purposes of the 2015 season, they are “the prospects.” The answer to this question: a lot sooner than we thought. It’s entirely possible that both Gray and Butler open the season … – Click Here To Visit Article Source