Charlie Blackmon has been a solid center fielder for the Rockies, rating in as the second best center fielder in the league in 2017. He’s great offensively, and he had his defensive moments too. As time goes by, though, injury and age prevent him from being as effective as he could be. While there was talk of moving Blackmon out of center field in 2018, it looks like 2019 might be the season where he finds himself moved to a corner spot. The Rockies are fortunate in having some depth and versatility in the outfield, so this could certainly work out for the best. They’ve got David Dahl, Ryan McMahon, and Garrett Hampson who can play out there, and we might also see Ian Desmond in the outfield. Regardless of the exact moves, we can expect to see some shuffling in the outfield.
The Rockies were well represented at the Silver Slugger Awards, with Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, and German Marquez all won the award in their positions. Marquez is the first Rockies pitcher who has won the award since 2001, and he earned it, helping his cause time and time again. Arenado’s win is no surprise, as this is his fourth year in a row winning. Story got his first win this year. Both infielders were key in helping the Rockies make it as far as they did. These guys helped carry our offense in the 2018 season, and it’s nice to see this kind of recognition.
It has come out that Bryce Harper turned down a major contract deal with the Washington Nationals. It was an attempt to get him to stay for most of his career, but Harper wanted to give the market a go. This was risky, especially given his less than impressive season last year. Nolan Arenado might base his plans on how well both Harper and free agent Manny Machado. If they can do well for themselves, he might just follow suit and become too pricey for the Rockies.