Complete Colorado Rockies 2014 Spring Training Preview

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Complete Colorado Rockies 2014 Spring Training Preview
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The Colorado Rockies are one of the most fascinating teams in Major League Baseball, which isn't the same thing as saying they are one of the best teams. 

How many teams around the league can say that they have a franchise shortstop and left fielder locked into long-term contracts and two true top-of-the-rotation arms in the minors?

Of course, the parts have never been the problem for Colorado. Trying to build a complete team that can pitch, play defense and score runs at the same time is the issue. 

Keeping Troy Tulowitzki on the field for 140-150 games, something he hasn't done since 2011 and only three times in seven full seasons, would also help the team a lot. 

The Rockies have tried to address some of their pitching problems this offseason, taking on a low-risk, high-reward arm like Brett Anderson, a player they can try to sign long term or trade at midseason if he pitches well early in 2014. 

It's an interesting collection of talent that could put together a winning season with a little luck—or fall off a cliff if injuries pile up on key players like they have in the past. 

Whatever fate awaits the Rockies, here are the stories to watch when the team reports to spring training. 

 

Note: All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs unless otherwise noted. 

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