Bud Black is a man known for keeping his composure. He was able to help his team rally from losses and get to the playoffs for the second year in a row. This was an impressive feat for a manager, but the award went to Brian Snitker, who took the Braves way beyond expectations. Craig Counsell with the Brewers took second place. Black has done some solid work with the Rockies, but there is still more room for improvement. While he was able to pull out some major successes late in the season, the offense lacked any kind of consistency. However, Black still made some tough calls that led to another winning season for the Rockies.
The similarities between Nolan Arenado and Manny Machado are hard to ignore. They play in the same position with comparable performances. Machado has now entered free agency, and will undoubtedly be a hot ticket item. He’s likely to land a long-term, high price tag contract. This is bound to have some kind of effect on what the Rockies do with Nolan Arenado’s contract. Arenado could look at Machado’s deal as something he could also attain. However, this is not the kind of thing the Rockies would be able to afford. This is going to be a big decision, and we’ll see if the Rockies are able to convince Arenado to stick around or if he’ll look elsewhere for a better deal.
Kris Bryant and Nolan Arenado are considered two of the best third basemen in major league baseball. Both players are in a bit of an in-between stage, and The Athletic has posited a trade. The Cubs could offer Arenado a major contract, and the Rockies would be guaranteed two years with Bryant. This could work out for the Rockies, as Bryant is slightly younger and has a bit more versatility on the field. However, Bryant has been a bit more prone to injury than Arenado. Overall, if this offer came up, the Rockies might want to jump on it. It could help round out some of the issues the Rockies have recently had. It’s not likely to happen, but it sure is fun to think about.