Two Rockies players won Gold Gloves for the 2018 season. Nolan Arenado won his sixth consecutive Gold Glove award at third base. He now has more Gold Glove awards than any other player in Rockies history. DJ LeMahieu won his third award. He also won it in 2014 and 2017.
DJ LeMahieu has been a major component of the Rockies lineup for a good chunk of time, winning three Gold Gloves and getting to the All Star Game on several occasions. He’s really come through for the Rockies during his time in Denver. However, when we think about signing a new contract with him, we need to think about future potential rather than nostalgic musings. It might be time to say goodbye to the second baseman. His hitting hasn’t been outstanding, especially on the road. He sits near the average in terms of numbers, so he’s likely to get some kind of offer. Given the impressive prospect options we have, now is as good a time as any to move on. Plus, we have the ever-present question in Nolan Arenado, and if we want to try and hang on to him next year, we need to save our money. We should also try to fill in our other trouble spots, like first base and catcher. It will be sad to see LeMahieu go after his tenure in purple, but it just might turn out to be the best option for all.
Jeff Bridich believes that the 2018 Rockies were the team that could win the World Series. He stated that there were just some opportunities that they didn’t take advantage of that caused them to miss out. He claims it was a good learning experience to use in the future. It seems they still think they can be a playoff team. One major concern for this offseason is building toward a stronger offense. The plan is not to spend a ton on bringing in new people, but to try to develop the players they have now. Bridich also has to try to figure out the Nolan Arenado situation. This will not be easy, and the decision might have a massive impact on the success or failure of next season.
The Rockies have had some trouble finding success with catchers, and the rumor of signing Martin Maldonado might help. He would certainly bring a veteran presence, but it’s not likely that he’ll help with our desperate need for more offense. He’s very much a defensively minded catcher. The Rockies might be able to find a catcher who can bring more offense, but they will not come cheap. The team just has to decide if they’re willing to take a risk on something that might not work out the way they hope.