Patrick Saunders notes the three main issues the Rockies have, which are starting pitching, an overcrowded outfield, and the current situation surrounding Jose Reyes. While the Reyes situation is still being investigated, it's beginning to look more and more likely that Carlos Gonzalez will be staying in Denver. Which would mean the chances of a Corey Dickerson or Charlie Blackmon trade happening have increased. In addition, the Rockies are still going through the offseason without having acquired any pitching, and I can’t think of a worse way to head into the 2016 season than to have four starting outfielders and no boost to the pitching staff at either the minor or major league level.
AJ Cassavell ranks the top six divisions in MLB, and the NL West comes in second, and unfortunately that’s not because of the Rockies. The Dodgers, Diamondbacks, and Giants are all expected to battle it out for the top spot in 2016. The Rockies do have one thing to look forward to, as Cassavell does mention "Nolan Arenado’s wizardry" as a fun storyline for the upcoming season.
Tyler Chatwood comes in at seventh on this list, with a projected WAR of 1.5 after missing all of 2015 with a torn UCL. Chatwood had a great 2013 season with the Rockies, as he went 8-5 with a 3.15 ERA over 20 starts. It’s hard to tell where Chatwood will end up to begin 2016, but it’s definitely understandable to have some optimism in his return to the mound.