It’s been a slow offseason for the Rockies, and a lot of the talk has been rumors surrounding Nolan Arenado and his upcoming contract. However, Arenado has said that he’s not too worried about these things, but instead just wants to get ready for the upcoming season. His agent will deal with the details, and Arenado will just work on winning, hopefully in Denver. He’s excited to get back, recovered from the shoulder soreness that hindered him at the end of last season. It coincided with a major slump, and he’s ready to overcome that trouble. A lot of Rockies fans are anxious to hang on to the Gold Glove winner, and regardless of how contract details shake out, we know we can look to Arenado to give us a good season while he can.
Patrick Saunders came out with a new edition of the mailbag, answering fans’ questions. One fan asked about the arrangement in the outfield. Charlie Blackmon is not too likely to spend the whole season in center field, but there will be some rotation out there between Ian Desmond, Blackmon, David Dahl, and other young players as well. Another mourned the loss of DJ LeMahieu in favor of Daniel Murphy, and whether the Rockies have done any work with Jon Grey to help him move past his mental blocks. One asked about a potential Rockies future for Carlos Gonzalez or Matt Holliday, neither of which is anywhere near a sure thing. A lot of the talk surrounds how quiet the offseason has been for the Rockies, which can be frustrating for fans. There are a lot of good inquiries from fans this go round, so be sure to take a look.
Bidding the final farewell to Adam Ottavino, we must now consider who will step up and fill the void left behind. Seunghwan Oh is one of the potential frontrunners, striking out 24 hitters in 25 games last year. We did have to give up prospect Forrest Wall to obtain him, and it looks like Wall is poised to have a fantastic season in the outfield with the Blue Jays. But the Rockies still have their stacked outfield, filled with both veterans like Charlie Blackmon and Ian Desmond, and young hopefuls, such as David Dahl and Raimel Tapia. Let’s not forget about another young player, Noel Cuevas. He put up some solid numbers, flashing on the scene with a hit here and there before heading back to Albuquerque. He’s vying for a spot on the Opening Day roster, though, putting in some hard work in the offseason. We’ll have to wait and see how he can do in Spring Training.
There are many joys to being a baseball fan. There are downsides as well, but we don’t need to worry about those right now. As fans, there are certain things we need to know, like if it’s okay for an adult to bring a mitt to the field, and how long we need to stay if it’s a blowout. Luckily for us, Grant Brisbee at SB Nation has given us a solid set of heretofore unwritten rules for us baseball fans.