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Rockies news and links for October 19, 2018

Colorado Rockies: 3 big questions that will shape the 2019 season | Rox Pile

The 2018 season was pretty solid for the Rockies. It came down to the wire for the division lead, with the Rockies just barely missing out. There was major excitement in the win against the Cubs, followed by major disappointment in getting swept by the Brewers. It’s decision-making time, and the Rockies have some moves to make in order to get to the playoffs for the third year running. First is finding a powerful, consistent bat. Offense struggled for most of the 2018 season, and there has to be some adjustments. They’ll likely be looking to fill the spots of DJ LeMahieu, Gerardo Parra, and Carlos Gonzalez, and they might find success in the depth they already have. David Dahl showed some power, and some of the prospects have shown promise. Another issue for 2018 was the battle to get the young players on the field. Even when veterans like Ian Desmond and Parra were struggling, they were out there on the field. In the new season, though, we might look forward to seeing some of that youth next year. One final question the Rockies will face in this offseason is where to put their money. Will they spend big again on bringing in new players, or will they save it to offer Nolan Arenado a big contract? A final pressing question is whether or not we’ll see DJ LeMahieu in a Rockies uniform again. He had some huge moments in the 2018 season, so only time will tell what the back office will decide to do about the quiet but influential second baseman.

Rockies’ end-of-season catching analysis: Grading Chris Iannetta, Tony Wolters, Tom Murphy and Greg Butera | Denver Post ($)

The Rockies catchers had a rough go of it in the 2018 season. None lived fully up to expectations, sometimes even costing games. Kyle Newman at the Denver Post is tough in his grading of the men behind the plate, but maybe it’s time to make some adjustments.