November 22nd, 2014 at 6:30 AM
By Joe Lemere
So far this offseason, the Colorado Rockies have been pretty quiet on all fronts. Their aren't any free agent rumors and the trade buzz that swelled a couple of weeks ago has all but died. Besides holding a Twitter Q & A session on Friday, the front office has either been keeping quiet to anyone involved in the media or they've just been keeping quiet altogether. Either way, there is little excitement surrounding the Rockies in a time when the hot stove should be just that — hot. Besides the big market teams that can throw around a lot of money, the one team that is popping up all over the place is the San Diego Padres. Whether they make true any of the rumors they're in right now isn't the point. The point is that the fan base is excited about what could happen, and that's something the Rockies could use a little of right now.
As things now, the Padres are making a play for third baseman Pablo Sandoval, possibly interested in trading for shortstop Ian Kennedy, may try to go after Jay Bruce, tried to acquire Jason Heyward, may similarly try to get Matt Kemp and are the leaders to sign Cuban defector Yasmany Tomas. And all of this under a first year general manager. Jealous, Rockies fans?Read more... Join the Conversation...
November 21st, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere
The bullpen matters. Faithful Rockies 101 readers know this to be true, but last year's Colorado Rockies sure didn't. The Rockies were absolutely dreadful in the bullpen last season and the front office did absolutely nothing to address the issue. The same cannot be true for this offseason. The starting rotation is the more tantalizing area of the roster to fix up, but the Rockies need to sure up their relief pitching first.
Unless some major moves are made during the Hot Stove League, the Rockies probably won't be fighting for the NL West division crown. Knowing that should change how management approaches their free agency signings this winter.
They have Jorge De La Rosa to anchor the starting rotation and a good pair of arms after him in Jordan Lyles and Tyler Matzek. Jorge is the greatest pitcher in the history of Coors Field and Lyles and Matzek both showed a lot of promise in their first seasons with the Rockies.Read more... Join the Conversation...
November 20th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere
The Colorado Rockies obviously need to address their pitching staff, but is that all that needs to be touched up this offseason? The Rockies have one of the best lineups in Major League Baseball, but that shouldn't stop the front office from exploring the free agent class for position players. Having too many options with a roster is rarely a bad thing, and neither is having too much talent. Things are slowly but steadily picking up in the free agency market, so should the Rockies hop on the position player bandwagon before they run out of possibilities?
The Rockies have a great infield with Nolan Arenado at third, Troy Tulowitzki at short, DJ LeMahieu at second, and Justin Morneau at first. On the whole, those four have gold in their gloves and silver in their bats. The only problem is that they have have a hard time staying on the field, especially Tulowitzki and Arenado.Read more... Join the Conversation...
November 19th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere
Some big names are already off the board. Other big names have been shipped out of town. So when are the Colorado Rockies going to get in on the offseason action? Other teams have made signings to benefit their respective squads while others have made big trades. Through all of this noise, the Rockies remain quiet. But how long will that last?
Some of baseball's biggest stars have decided to stay put this offseason. Victor Martinez has re-signed with the Detroit Tigers for $68 million over four years. That contract is pretty fat for a designated hitter, but it pales in comparison to the monster deal that Giancarlo Stanton received from the Miami Marlins: 13 years and $325 million. Good Lord, that's a lot of dough.
Some prime players have also decided to change jerseys in the coming season. The Rockies' own Michael Cuddyer bolted for the New York Mets. Billy Butler left the World Series runners-up to sign with the Oakland Athletics. And, in perhaps the biggest blow to Rockies fans, Russell Martin has decided to return to his native Canada and signed with the Toronto Blue Jays.Read more... Join the Conversation...
November 18th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere
The Colorado Rockies are well constructed in terms of position players. An athletic outfield that can hit and an infield that can have three All-Stars in a given year is a pretty solid team. The lineup the Rockies can throw out there everyday is among the best in baseball, until you get to catcher. Catcher is probably the most important position on the diamond besides the guy on the mound, and the boys in purple need more from that spot. With that in mind, should the incumbent Wilin Rosario or backup Michael McKenry be the starting catcher going into next year?
Despite a disappointing 2014, Wilin Rosario is an above average offensive catcher. In his three full-time seasons as the Rockies catcher of choice, he has averaged almost 21 home runs and 68 RBI while hitting at a .274 clip. If you've got a catcher that hits 20+ home runs every season, you have a weapon very few other teams have in their arsenal.Read more... Join the Conversation...