4. Colorado Rockies Continue to Make No Sense
It seems like the Colorado Rockies put themselves in a similar position almost every season. The Rockies are always decent enough on offense, but never quite good enough on the mound to make any real impact. Beyond that, the team avoids being terrible, perhaps at the expense of even higher draft picks. Regardless of draft position, the Rockies have built one of the strongest farm systems in all of baseball over the last several years, consistently churning out talent. Even so, the team still languishes in mediocrity, and not taken seriously throughout the league.
That trend only continued this offseason with the Rockies’ various moves (and lack thereof). It may be seen as cheating because more than one Rockie move is included in this list, but the moves must be viewed together for complete evaluation.
The first of the three decisions to be looked at was the move to sign free-agent outfielder Gerardo Parra. Despite an already full outfield, which included Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Gonzalez and Corey Dickerson, the Rockies went ahead and signed Parra anyway. While all three of their previous outfielders had been brought up in trade talks throughout the offseason, none of the three were close to being traded when the deal went through. This left the Rockies, a team with no real hope of contending, with four outfielders that they clearly didn’t know what to do with.
This brings us to the next Rockies move of the offseason. After signing Parra, the Rockies ended up finally trading one of their outfielders. That player was Corey Dickerson. In return, the Rockies got reliever Jake McGee and a minor leaguer. On paper, it didn’t make a whole lot of sense for an obviously non-contending team to not only sign an outfielder, but then trade away one of their previous outfielders for a reliever with less team control (only two years versus the four years Dickerson had remaining). The trade may make the Rockies bullpen better, if only slightly given Coors conditions, but their outfield arguably looks worse.
While the shuffling in the outfield was highly questionable and at least somewhat unexpected, the most confusing move of the offseason in Colorado was the one that didn’t happen. Despite Carlos Gonzalez being the most desirable trade asset on the team, the Rockies did not pull the trigger on a trade, choosing to deal Dickerson and sign Parra instead. Aside from not cashing in on Gonzalez’s value when it was at a relative high, the Rockies are always taking a big risk holding onto a player who is frequently injured. It will just take one injury next year to torpedo Gonzalez’s remaining trade value, and any chance the Rockies have to deal him.
All in all, the Rockies whole offseason didn’t make a whole lot of sense. The team didn’t get any better, and actually got slightly older. It looks like it will be another tough year in Colorado with another last place finish in the National League West for Rockie fans.