MLB Winter Meetings: Rockies Are Confusing; What Else Is New?


As the Colorado Rockies prepare for this year’s MLB Winter Meetings, it sounds like opposing teams do not have a good sense of what Jeff Bridich and company are up to.

Joel Sherman, the national baseball writer for the New York Post, has an article preparing everybody for this year’s MLB Winter Meetings. The pitch for the article is that it provides an “agenda” for the 28 MLB teams not based in New York.

With an apparent misunderstanding about what an “agenda” is, here’s what Sherman says about the Rockies:

"Teams are confused at what road Colorado is taking. Would they move Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez at a time when their injuries/contracts rob value? Or do they just make small moves — like trading Wilin Rosario — in attempts to find the ever-elusive pitching for their home park?"

An agenda that is not, but it does pose some valuable questions about what the Rockies are doing this off-season. Specifically, it touches on a key point for Jeff Bridich and the front office: do they need to decide what they are doing one way or the other with Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki before they do anything else?

If there is such a thing as an off-season plan for the Rockies, is it held up until the team makes a call with its two star players? One would like to think they can allow for some flexibility and fluidity, but it might be that the front office needs to know a plan in terms of money and in terms of philosophy before they proceed.

If they have not decided, the Rockies are a confusing team this off-season. We already knew that, so this note from Sherman is only noteworthy insofar as it confirms that opposing teams are confused as well.

There might be confusion going into the Winter Meetings, but it will be interesting to see what happens as teams have the chance to ask about CarGo and Tulo and whether or not they are available during a winter in which quality position players are hard to come by.

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