The Rockies announced they have made a signing on Tuesday! Welcome to the team, former Cardinals middle-infielder Daniel Descalso. Several teams were involved in trying to land Descalso, but the Rockies came out on top with a two-year deal that guarantees $3.6 million, according to Chris Cotllo of MLB Daily Dish.
Okay, it isn't one likely to cause a massive stir, and as someone hoping the Rockies would go a bit bigger in this category, I am a bit underwhelmed myself, but this could be a sneaky good move for this team.
Descalso has never posted a wRC+ above 89 and his defensive WAR numbers for the last four seasons have all been negative, yet he still managed to play over 100 games for a very good St. Louis Cardinals team during that stretch. Why? Because Descalso isn't particularly bad at anything.
Not the best selling point, I know. But for a team that ended with 3.5 WAR from the short stop position even though the starter, Troy Tulowitzki, gave them 5.1, Descalso's high floor/low ceiling nature could just be the Tulo insurance we've been looking for.
I would still like to see Rafael Ynoa or Cristhian Adames get some opportunities here, but Descalso already feels much better than Charlie Culberson and Josh Rutledge if for no other reason than because he is steady and unlikely to make costly plays or give away at-bats.
Fangraphs sees him as an above average base runner and his offensive output is likely to see an uptick at Coors Field, but it seems to me that Descalso was brought in to be somebody the team can trust to just not be awful. He is a good bet to be what he has been the last five seasons, which is a player the Rockies could have used.
He also has ample time at second, short, third, and even first base, meaning he is Arenado, LeMahieu, and Morneau insurance as well.
I was pining for Asdrubal Carbrera or even possibly Stephen Drew, but there is a reason that a team that practically falls out of bed and into the NLCS kept playing this guy so much.
Worst case scenario? The Rockies just took approximately $1.75 million out of the budget for the next two years for a player who won't contribute positively to wins. Best case scenario? The Rockies have severely limited the potential for drag due to injury of any of their infielders and done so for relatively cheap.