NL West Notes: Rockies, Giants, Tulowitzki

On Friday, Mike Axisa checked in on the stock of free-agent-to-be Marco Scutaro.  The veteran has proved to be one of the most high-impact trade deadline pickups since being dealt from the Rockies to the Giants.  Scutaro was initially high on staying put in Colorado but has quickly warmed up to San Francisco and says that he would like to stay put.  With that said, the free agent market doesn't have a ton to offer when it comes to middle infielders and retaining the 36-year-old could cost the Giants a pretty penny.  Here's more out of the NL West..

  • Despite Troy Tulowitzki's injury-related setbacks this season, there is no sign that the Rockies are willing to explore a trade for him, writes Troy Renck of The Denver Post.  Renck asked the soon-to-be 28-year-old if he would be open to possibly shifting over to third base, but the shortstop rejected that idea.
  • Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that it is highly unlikely that we will see suspended outfielder Melky Cabrera appear in a postseason game for the Giants.  Doing so would require leaving a roster spot open until the sixth playoff game of the year, which would be a sizable commitment considering that they don't know what he could bring to the table.  Beyond that, the Giants are likely upset with Cabrera on a personal level.
  • Rockies manager Jim Tracy is happy about the club's decision to go with a five-man rotation in 2013, Renck writes.  The Rockies experimented with a four-man starting rotation this season but will now modify that plan to have five starters on a 90-100 pitch count with three "piggyback" relievers.  Renck writes that the tweak should make the Rockies more appealing to veteran pitchers such as Kevin Millwood this winter.
  • More from Renck, who writes that the Rockies are working to get a better handle on how the altitude of their home ballpark effects them and how they can approach the game differently.  That has manifested itself in the form of the aforementioned pitching experiment but could also result in other creative changes going forward.

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