With Yasmani Grandal signing with the Brewers, the Rockies lost out on what would have been a good pick up behind the plate. It’s also tough to see him go to a division rival who will likely put up a good fight again this season. While we might have hoped to see a signing like this, it’s not likely that we will. The budget has pretty much been maxed out with the Daniel Murphy signing and holding out for Nolan Arenado. It’s tough to use our hindsight and look at deals in the past that haven’t exactly panned out. The super bullpen of yesteryear was a huge miss, and it makes one wonder if that spending has something to do with thriftiness this year. The Rockies have many young players with real potential, but they will have to rely on consistency and health in order to get it done without spending much on new contracts.
Things have finally starting moving in this offseason, at least for other teams. The Nationals snagged Brian Dozier for second base. The Rockies had expressed some interest in him, but didn’t really have a huge need for a second baseman, what with Ryan McMahon, Garrett Hampson, and Brendan Rodgers ready to go. DJ LeMahieu might also be getting some second base bites, as the San Francisco Giants have shown some interest. The majority of the Rockies’ minor league affiliates have also announced their coaching staffs for the new season. 2019, here we come.
The Rockies have decided to hang onto Scott Oberg, who was one of the more consistent bullpen players last season. They avoid arbitration with him by signing the $1.3 million contract. He’s had some ups and downs with the Rockies, but hopes are that he can come off strong after a solid 2018.
Coors Field groundskeepers will have quite a job this fall, as it’s not only the Rockies playing on the field. They’ll be bringing out a piano for the piano man himself, Billy Joel. Joel will play on August 8, joining acts such as The Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, and Journey to play Coors Field.