A popular target for Rockies fans, Chris Carter may be heading to Japan to find employment. Carter, who tied with Nolan Arenado for the National League home run title last season, has struggled to find a landing place after being cut loose by the Brewers. Rather then settle for a minor-league contract, it appears that he would rather take the guaranteed money that he can get by going overseas.
This may simply be a negotiating ploy to force teams to offer a major-league contract in order to secure Carter’s services. However, considering the lack of interest in Carter so far this offseason, Carter might be able to make more money in Japan than he would in the MLB.
Speaking of minor-league contracts, the Rockies signed former All-Star Domonic Brown to a minor-league deal yesterday. The deal did not include a spring training invitation according to Purple Row’s sources, so Brown won’t play an immediate role in the Rockies outfield depth chart.
What was only a suspicion a few weeks ago was finally confirmed by the Rockies this week. They have changed their colors, or more accurately they have changed a color. In an attempt to get a more consistent look, the Rockies have changed the shade of purple that appears on their uniforms. The previous shade had an unfortunate trait of appearing to be different shades when used on hats versus jerseys.
It appears that the Rockies offseason checklist may be about finished. The signing of Greg Holland may have been the last major-league contract handed out by the Rockies this offseason. They will probably still be active signing more depth to minor-league deals, but it appears that any major trades will have to wait till the season begins and the Rockies have a firmer understanding of how the 2017 roster performs.
In the least surprising news of the day, David Dahl wants to be a starter for the Rockies. Unless he duplicates Tom Murphy’s spring training statistics from last offseason, that should be manageable. As is the norm this time of year, this article focuses on Dahls’ conditioning and the fact that he’s probably in the “best shape of his life”