One of the most active teams in the very slow 2017–18 offseason has been the Rockies. Colorado assembled a super-bullpen by re-signing Jake McGee and signing Wade Davis and Bryan Shaw. Their bullpen is good, which is of upmost importance given that they play half their games in Coors Field. Starters always have it harder up in Denver, adding in incredible talent like the Rockies have to compliment underrated relievers like Chris Rusin their bullpen is one of, if not the best bullpens in baseball.
One of the biggest things looming over the Rockies’ heads is their two star players, Charlie Blackmon and perennial Gold Glover Nolan Arenado hitting the free agent market very soon. Quite frankly, it is unlikely that the Rockies can bring back both the outfielder and third baseman back. On the other hand, the Rockies, even though they were one of the top offensive teams (by runs scored) in the NL could get a well needed boost in what looks to be a very competitive NL. There are many budget options for their 1B hole, like Logan Morrison who would be a sturdy replacement for Mark Reynolds. Another good option at 1B is Ryan McMahon, who comes it at number 2 on Baseball America’s top Colorado Rockies prospects and it may be smarter to give him the chance to play on a daily basis too. The starting rotation is vastly underrated; Jon Gray is an incredible pitcher and is going to anchor a young Rockies pitching core that is severely under-the-radar like most Rockies players are. The top 3 of the Rockies rotation (Jon Gray, German Marquez and Kyle Freeland) are a force to be reckoned with.
The Rockies have done a very good job so far in the offseason, but there is so much looming in the future. 2018 is going to be a big year for the Rockies, as they have a very good shot at the postseason and there’s still a lot in the Rockies farm system. However, with Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado possibly being too expensive for a small-market Rockies team, this leads to the question if the Rockies window is about to close and they will need to retool once again or if there is a new Rockies dynasty.
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