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The Rockies need to take action at the Winter Meetings to compete for a championship in 2019

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Rockies news and links for Sunday, December 9, 2018

Rockies look to bolster offense at Meetings | MLB.com

The Winter Meetings start tomorrow and the Rockies—led by Jeff Bridich—are looking to add some offense to their lineup. They have an established core of Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, and Charlie Blackmon leading the charge, and as Thomas Harding points out in his article, potential young stars such as David Dahl, Garrett Hampson, and Raimel Tapia waiting in the wings to take on a bigger role. That being said, they still need to add another reliable bat coming off one of their worst hitting years in franchise history.

The question now is will Bridich go after a free agent or try and make a big trade splash? The Rockies have solid prospects they can move for an established hitter, and names like Colton Welker and Tyler Nevin have been suggested as possible candidates to move. But what would the return be and would it be worth giving up that controllable talent? We’ll find out sooner rather than later—I hope—and the 2019 season will start to take shape in the coming weeks as GM’s gather in Las Vegas to wheel and deal.

Colorado Rockies: It’s time to go “All-In” this offseason | Rox Pile

It’s fitting the Winter Meetings will be taking place in Las Vegas this year, as Aaron Hurt of Rox Pile suggests that Jeff Bridich needs to gamble and go “all-in” this offseason if the Rockies want to contend for a championship. This “win now” mentality can either place a franchise on the path to achieving greatness, or it can set them back years in the process.

What would an “All-In” gamble look like for the Rockies? It could certainly mimic a move like the Cardinals just made to acquire Paul Goldschmidt, but maybe something more subtle would be Bridich’s style. One way or another, prospects would likely be on the move, and a lot of cash would have to be spent. If this truly could be the last season Nolan Arenado plays with the Rockies, though, they better go out with a bang.

Half of the baseball world wants J.T. Realmuto | Beyond the Box Score

And what a bang it would be if the Rockies were able to land J.T. Realmuto this offseason. It won’t be easy, though, as Thomas Bennett points out in his article, half the league will be vying for Realmuto’s services and trying to offer the best deal to the Marlins in exchange for baseball’s best catcher. J.T. has been a rising star for years now—he led all catchers in 2018 with 4.8 fWAR and has increased his hard hit rate from 34 to 41 percent since 2015—and is as complete a package as they come with his speed, power, and canon of an arm.

Rockies catchers slashed a combined .206/.307/.349 in 2018, and it’s arguably the position in the biggest need of an upgrade (yes, maybe it’s 1B, I’m just saying arguably). Is it worth it for Jeff Bridich to likely “overspend” for two years of control of Realmuto? Well, it’s two years that happen to be in the club’s championship window, so it may be now or never...

After Arizona dealt Paul Goldschmidt for peanuts, the Rockies would be ludicrous to trade Nolan Arenado | Mile High Sports

In the wake of the blockbuster trade that sent Paul Goldschmidt from the Diamondbacks to the Cardinals, baseball fans and analysts are divided between who “won the deal.” On the one hand, Arizona received three players with potential to maybe one day be full-time, above-average major league starters, while the Cardinals got a six-time All-Star and perennial MVP candidate with a career slash line of .297/.398/.532 and 145 OPS+... wait, no, it’s definitely that second hand, yeah, the Cardinals won the deal.

What does this mean for the Rockies (besides thankfully having Goldy gone from the NL West)? Aniello Piro lays it out pretty simply—the Rockies would be wise to lock down Nolan and avoid a return on their superstar that, in my opinion, reeks of desperation. As I stated above, the Rockies should be in “win now” mode, and there’s no better way to do so than having no. 28 in your lineup. The championship window is open, and it’s not even closing after this year, especially if Arenado stays in Colorado.

Yes, Rockies fans, it’s time to go all-in this winter, roll the dice on Nolan signing, and win that championship jackpot. Vegas baby, Vegas!