In the very slow offseason, many of us whiled away the time by wondering what might happen with our trio of stars: Charlie Blackmon, Nolan Arenado, and DJ Lemahieu. While we’re all excited about what might come of this hyped-up 2018 season, the future is in the back of all our minds. In some unfortunate timing,
all three of these players will become free agents at the end of this season. Blackmon and LeMahieu will be free agents after the 2018 season, while Arenado is set to hit free agency after 2019.
The Rockies organization, including Jeff Bridich and Bud Black, have acknowledged the concerns, but have been a bit vague about what they will do. Overall, they have all agreed that things will most likely wait until after the season is over so the team can focus on the here and now. Right now, the team is trying to focus on their potential to do well in the 2018 season. While we are all aware of how much these three players bring to the team, and those players hopefully understand how much they are appreciated, it is unlikely that we will hear anything about it anytime soon.
Jon Gray was not afraid to pitch right at Mike Trout in the spring training game against the Angels. Trout is a solid batter, and many pitchers have a hard time against him. Gray didn’t want to give in to that. Trout, one of the best players out there, got ahead of him, but Gray wanted to make him swing. The Rockies lost the game yesterday, but Gray was content with his performance and overall progression thus far. We also say Chris Rusin, Scott Oberg, Zac Rosscup, and James Farris on the mound, and they struggled a bit as the Rockies lost a 5-2 lead, losing 6-7 at the end. Despite this, though, the team looked pretty good, with the young prospects delivering some good plays.
The Rockies are hard at work in spring training getting ready for the new season, but they still have time to give back to the community. The team had 27 cancer patients from the Children’s Hospital to the game against the Brewers and for a meet-and-greet. This cause is crucial for the Rockies, whose pitcher Chad Bettis battled cancer and was warmly welcomed back last year after completing treatments. It’s great to see this team paying it forward and contributing to a good cause.
In a molasses-like offseason, it’s no wonder that there are still many players who are unsigned as spring training begins. One of these players is Jonathan Lucroy. The catcher made his mark on the Rockies for the second half of the 2017 season, aiding in the strong year that we had. Although he had a bit of a hard time in the first part of the year, it is still surprising that the star remains unsigned. The Rockies may have passed on the catcher in favor of some younger, more cost-effective players, but Lucroy puts up good enough numbers it would be surprising if he doesn’t get signed before the season starts.