The Rockies 22-year lease for Coors Field is expiring before the season begins and the Rockies and the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District are trying to negotiate a new lease before opening day. The Rockies do not seem interested in exercising a five-year option to extend the current lease and instead want to negotiate a new 30-year lease for Coors Field.
As part of the negotiations, the Rockies want to acquire a parking lot that sits adjacent to Coors Field that has been scheduled for development. The parking would be moved underground to avoid losing parking, and some sort of building would be built on top. There have been many idea for what that development should be including seven proposals that were submitted to the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District. The Rockies did not like any of the ideas and it now appears want to develop it themselves. While there is no indication what the Rockies plans would be, one possibility would be something similar to the Wrigleyville development.
Wtih the recent injury to Tom Murphy, Dustin Garneau is expected to be the Rockies backup catcher on opening day. If Garneau can translate his spring performance into regular season performance, something that’s never a guarantee, the loss of Murphy’s bat will be much easier to swallow.
In 23 plate appearances, Garneau has collected seven hits, with three home runs and three doubles. Overall, that’s good for a .389/.478/1.056. While it is extremely unlikely, and probably even impossible, that he can match that performance in the regular season, even half of that production would still be good for a .767 OPS.
Both Ian Desmond and Tom Murphy are now expected to be back in mid-April. Also expect an update today on David Dahl’s status that will hopefully be as positive as these last few updates.