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The Rockies have decided to release Ubaldo Jimenez after they exclude from the 60-man player pool. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Ubaldo Jimenez is making it very clear he still wants to be a big league pitcher. He was 'caught off guard' after failing to be included in the Rockies' play pool, but he's not retiring yet. With a short season, and potential opt outs coming, he can still find a home this season.

Category: Transactions

Charlie Blackmon is still at home recovering from COVID-19. (Source: Nick Groke of The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Blackmon was first reported to test positive for COVID-19 around June 23. He will have to test negative twice before returning to summer camp. Despite the positive test, he is still ranked inside the top-40 overall on the heels of a .314/.364/.576 campaign. If all goes well, he should be able to get some workouts in prior to Opening Day.

Category: Injury Updates

Rockies manager Bud Black says Brendan Rodgers (shoulder) is "full go." (Source: Patrick Saunders on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rodgers had labrum surgery last July and was limited during spring training 1.0. The shutdown gave him time to recover, however, and he enters summer camp looking to compete for playing time in Colorado's infield. Rodgers would be a very interesting fantasy asset if he was given everyday at bats. Garrett Hampson, Ryan McMahon, and Daniel Murphy form a crowded group of options at first and second base.

Category: Injury Updates

The Rockies signed their second-round pick C Drew Romo. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Romo is receiving a $2.1 million signing bonus, which is the recommended slot value for the 35th overall pick. The 18-year-old is a ways off from the big leagues but would have fantasy upside playing in Colorado should he make it one day.

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Ian Desmond has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. (Source: Bill Shaikin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Desmond is one of a handful of players to have already opted out of the season, and he won't be the last. Desmond was likely to platoon in left field and at designated hitter this season, and his absence will only further cement Sam Hilliard's status as an everyday player.

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The Rockies have signed their first-round pick, outfielder Zac Veen. (Source: Carlos Collazo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Veen is receiving a $5 million signing bonus, which is just above slot value for the ninth overall selection. The 18-year-old was viewed as the best prep hitter in the 2020 draft class and landed in a dream situation for fantasy purposes. However, he is so young and Colorado is so cautious with their prospects that it'll likely be a while until he debuts in the bigs.

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Mark Reynolds announced on MLB Network Radio that he is retired. (Source: MLB Network Radio on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Reynolds told Christopher "Mad Dog" Russo that he is retired and hadn't really told anyone yet. The corner infielder played for a number of teams throughout his career, most notably with Arizona. The best fantasy season of his career came in 2009 when Reynolds slugged 44 homers and swiped 24 bases.

Rockies pitching coach Steve Foster says Peter Lambert (forearm) is on track to resume throwing in about 3-4 weeks. (Source: Kyle Newman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lambert suffered a forearm strain while pitching in a Cactus League game right before spring training came to a halt. The team thinks Lambert will ultimately be okay. The 3-4 week timetable would have him throwing again by early-May.

Category: Injury Updates

Rockies manager Bud Black says he is "strongly considering" using David Dahl out of the leadoff spot to begin the year. (Source: Patrick Saunders on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Charlie Blackmon has hit first for the Rockies in recent years but would drop to third in this situation. Dahl could be followed by Trevor Story, Blackmon, and Nolan Arenado in a loaded Colorado offense.

German Marquez allowed two runs on three hits over three innings of work on Friday against the Diamondbacks.

Fantasy Impact: Marquez struck out three and allowed one walk in the outing. The 25-year-old has now given up two runs through six innings this spring. Marquez posted a 4.76 ERA last season and, like most Colorado hurlers, faired much better on the road than at home.

Category: Game Recaps

Sam Hilliard went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored in the Rockies' 6-6 tie versus the Diamondbacks on Friday afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: Hilliard made his big league debut last season, posting an OPS over 1.000 in 27 games. The 26-year-old would be a very interesting late-round sleeper if he was given everyday at bats. However, it remains very up in the air how Colorado will distribute playing time at several positions right now.

Category: Game Recaps

Garrett Hampson went 3-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and a stolen base on Friday against Arizona.

Fantasy Impact: There is once again sleeper appeal for Hampson, who finished the 2019 season on an absolute tear. The 25-year-old possesses 40-steal upside this year but it remains unclear if he will be given everyday at bats. This is a situation to monitor for fantasy purposes.

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Ryan McMahon went 2-for-4 with two homers and four RBI in the Rockies' 6-6 tie against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: The infielder now has three homers this spring. He is eligible at first, second, and third base on some fantasy sites and figures to once again bounce around the diamond this year. The 25-year-old popped 24 homers last season and would be an interesting fantasy option if given everyday at bats.

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Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 with two runs scored on Friday versus the Diamondbacks.

Fantasy Impact: Murphy is hitting a strong .368 to begin the spring. The 34-year-old was a disappointment in his first season with the Rockies, hitting .279 with just 13 homers in 132 games. However, his ADP has fallen so drastically that he could wind up as an interesting bounce-back candidate in 2020.

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Trevor Story went 0-for-3 with a strikeout as the Rockies tied the Diamondbacks 6-6 on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Story is hitting .263 with a .739 OPS thus far this spring. The 27-year-old was a fantasy monster last season, batting .294 with 35 homers and 23 stolen bases. That type of power-speed combo has entrenched as a first-round fantasy pick this year.

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Nolan Arenado hit his second homer of the spring on Tuesday against the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Arenado is set up for another monster fantasy season playing half his games in Coors Field. The all-world third baseman was once again fantastic in 2019, batting .315 with 41 homers, 118 RBI, and 102 runs scored.

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Kyle Freeland allowed one hit (a home run to Chad Pinder) in two innings of work Thursday. He came out for the third inning but left the game with back spasms.

Fantasy Impact: After a very productive 2018 campaign that saw Freeland go 17-7 with a 2.85 ERA, the wheels completely came off in 2019. Last season, he went 3-11 with a 6.73 ERA and saw a dramatic increase in his HR/FB rate (8.5% in 2018 to 21.7% in 2019). There's certainly hope for a positive regression here, but expectations should be tempered with Freeland's home games being at one of the least pitcher-friendly parks in the league.

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Rockies manager Bud Black says Scott Oberg will open the 2020 season as a setup man. (Source: Nick Groke on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wade Davis, despite posting an 8.65 ERA last year, will open as the team's closer. Oberg was great in 2019, delivering a 2.25 ERA in 49 appearances. He was signed to a three-year extension over the off-season and will see save chances if Davis struggles early on.

Rockies manager Bud Black announced Tuesday that Wade Davis would open the season as the team's ninth-inning man. (Source: Nick Groke on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Scott Oberg, who pitched far better in 2019, will work in a set up role. Davis struggled mightily last year, posting a horrid 8.65 ERA spanning 50 appearances. Still, he's the more experienced reliever so will be given the job to start out.

Chi Chi Gonzalez received a no-decision on Saturday versus Milwaukee, tossing six innings while allowing just one run on three hits.

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez struck out six and walked two in what was one of his best starts of the season. The 27-year-old finished the season strong, allowing a combined seven runs over his last five starts.

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