The 2018 season is officially over now that the Red Sox have won the World Series. Now we enter the offseason, with its rumors and trades and preparations for a new year. The Rockies have some real work to get done if they want to make it to the playoffs for the third year in a row. Jeff Bridich and his team have some big decisions to make. First, the Rockies have declined Gerardo Parra’s option. This is sadly not that surprising, despite the boost in team morale that Parra brings. Another choice is Seunghwan Oh, whom it has been rumored might be interested in returning to South Korea. The Rockies, though, have expressed that they would like to hang onto the pitcher. The office must also decide on whether or not to extend offers to Carlos Gonzalez, DJ LeMahieu, or Adam Ottavino. However, it’s not likely that any of them will get an offer and will become free agents. One huge future concern for the Rockies is the contract of Nolan Arenado. It’s hard to say right now what will happen, but the hope is that we can figure out how to keep Arenado in a Rockies uniform.
The Rockies have made one of their first decisions of the offseason by declining Parra’s option. This is not all too surprising, as he had something of a mediocre 2018. Plus, he was looking for $12 million, which was a bit high. The Rockies might be willing to make an agreement for something less, but as of now, Parra is a free agent. Carlos Gonzalez and Matt Holliday are also free agents, and it’s still something of a question what kind of move the Rockies might make.
It’s time to start thinking about 2019, and the odds are already on the table. Vegas has the odds of winning the World Series at 30-1, tied for twelfth-best in the league. It’s an interesting number, but at this point, it doesn’t mean a whole lot.