Key storylines as the Colorado Rockies offseason trudges along | Mile High Sports
As we head to a close on the month of January, we see that a multitude of baseball’s free agents remain unsigned. Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel are the consensus top free agents still on the open market. Members of the 2018 Colorado Rockies that are still looking for teams include Carlos González, Gerardo Parra, Matt Holliday and Drew Butera. As the Rockies and the other 29 teams continue to watch the market develop, Luke Zahlmann of Mile High Sports details four storylines that the Rox are focusing on.
First, the lack of acquisitions on many fronts for the Rockies may be partially due to the fact that General Manager Jeff Bridich likes his team as it is currently constructed. With one of the best starting rotations in baseball (my own analysis), there is certainly reason for optimism. I would argue that the team still needs one or two strong additions to the lineup, however.
Another storyline is the Los Angeles Dodgers, who many believe remain the favorites to win the National League West for the seventh straight season. While they have bid adieu to Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Brian Dozier, Yasmani Grandal and (possibly?) Manny Machado, the team also recently brought in A.J. Pollock to supplant the outfield. Another way in which the Dodgers could improve even more over 2018 is receiving full seasons from Clayton Kershaw, Corey Seager and Walker Buehler.
Third, a few Rockies will be undergoing position changes in 2019. Charlie Blackmon appears set to transition to a corner outfield spot after spending time in center field and falling to dead last in all of baseball in Defensive Runs Saved in 2018. Ian Desmond, who spent most of his time at first base last season, will now likely find himself as the team’s primary center fielder. It appears that Ryan McMahon, who saw most of his action at first base (when he played) in 2018, will be given a look at second base. And Daniel Murphy, who has spent most of his career as a second baseman, will be the everyday first baseman.
Finally, there’s the elephant in the room of Nolan Arenado’s future in Colorado. With team and player set to go to an arbitration hearing in the coming weeks, concern exists over how well Arenado will take to the team arguing that he does not deserve the $30 million he filed for. Understandably, arbitration hearings can have the consequence of a poor relationship between players and their teams. With Arenado set to hit the open market after the 2019 season, chances of seeing him in Denver in 2020 and beyond are looking a bit murky.
Story determined to continue growth | MLB.com
Shortstop Trevor Story had an MVP-like campaign in 2018, a stark contrast from a disappointing 2017. If Arenado departs the Rockies after the coming season, Story could be the next candidate for face of the franchise. MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa explores Story’s continued quest for consistency.
Paul Klee: Stay healthy, and David Dahl is the breakout player for 2019 Colorado Rockies | The Gazette
Paul Klee of The Gazette believes David Dahl is ready to seize 2019 as a breakout star for the Rockies. He just needs to stay healthy.
With a winter storm freezing the Midwest, a look at the five coldest games in MLB history | CBS Sports
Here where I live in the Detroit area, wind chills are expected to drop to nearly minus-40 degrees over the next few days. With much of the Midwest experiencing similar conditions, Jonah Keri of CBS Sports took the time to look at the five coldest games in Major League Baseball history. The Rockies appear on the list three times, with all games taking place at Coors Field. The coldest game in baseball history (since records began in 1991) was when the Atlanta Braves played the Rox on April 23, 2013, with a game-time temperature of 23 degrees.
The consequences of going “cashless” at Tropicana Field | DRays Bay
The Tampa Bay Rays recently announced that Tropicana Field will be going “cashless.” Some have raised concerns that this will create difficulties for marginalized groups who tend to carry cash more than others. Over at DRays Bay, Daniel Russell, Ian Malinowski and Mister Lizzie analyze the pros and cons that come with this trailblazing work of cost efficiency.