The Rockies are certainly hoping that they can work out a deal with Nolan Arenado, and that would have a big impact on a number of things. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are still on the market, and it will relate to Arenado’s deal without a doubt. If he does sign with the Rockies, then it will affect next year’s market. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com contends that if Arenado signs an extension, 2020’s free agents might seek the same. In other Rockies news, it looks like Mike Dunn will be ready to go on Opening Day. He’s worked hard in the offseason and is looking good. Speaking of looking good, Trevor Story made MLB Network’s list of top shortstops, landing a respectable number three after Francisco Lindor and Javier Baez.
Carlos Gonzalez, long-time Rockies player, remains a free agent for the 2019 season. Many are curious to see if there will be a repeat of last year where CarGo comes back to Denver at the last minute. It might be fun to see him in purple again, but there are those who question the wisdom of spending that kind of money when there are plenty of outfielders available for the Rockies. They also already have their veteran bat with the minor league deal with Mark Reynolds. It’s not terribly likely that the Rockies will bring CarGo back, but only time will tell.
The 2019 season is a big opportunity for the Rockies to go for their first NL West title. According to Vegas, they’re kind of long shots. ESPN.com claims that they are the least likely 2018 postseason team to return to make it to the playoffs again in 2019. A big part of these predictions are the very quiet offseason. Many are not optimistic that those who struggled last year can rebound to have a better year. Ian Desmond did not work at first base, DJ LeMahieu is gone at second, and Nolan Arenado slumped toward the end of last season. These spots will need to see improvement if the Rockies hope for another playoff appearance. The good news is that Trevor Story and Kyle Freeland bring a lot of talent and consistency to the equation, so let’s hope they can continue that trend in the new season. The rest of the starting rotation, as well as the relievers have to step up and help out if the Rockies stand a chance at a title in 2019.