The Rockies have some serious needs for the offseason this year. They need to fill a hole at first base, and they need to boost the outfield. They are currently looking toward the free market or a trade. The choices for outfielders are less than appealing, though. Jay Bruce and Randal Grichuk are examples of this. They have a history of injuries, while the Rockies need someone more consistent who can play solid defense and provide some offense as well. Bryce Harper is on the market, but given the huge contract he turned down, he’s likely beyond reach for the Rockies. They need something, though, and preferably something better than Bruce or Grichuk.
In the 2019 offseason, the Rockies are looking for better offense and more consistency behind the plate in a catcher. J.T. Realmuto might be a solution to this problem. However, the Rockies might not be able to offer enough to lure him here, as he might receive better offers from other teams. Realmuto may not be far above the average of the Rockies defensively, but he has been way better offensively in recent years. The Rockies would certainly have to give up some good players to get him, but it just might be worth it to try. He could help the team get to the playoffs again in 2019.
The Rockies have signed a minor league contract with Brett Nicholas, a catcher who has most recently played with the Rangers and a minor-league associate of the Padres. This brings the total number of catchers with major league experience to four for the Rockies. It’s unlikely they’ll keep all of them, so we’ll see who makes the cut.