Depth and Versatility
This seems to be the Rockies tagline this offseason, highlighted by the acquisition of Ian Desmond. While it has been relatively unpopular nationally and on Rockies twitter, I definitely think it makes the team better. Whether it makes the team better than signing someone like Mark Trumbo is a debate for another time.
The roster constructed how it is currently will give the Rockies flexibility and depth that has been uncommon recently. It will also prepare the Rockies for the inevitable injuries that come along with playing a 162-game schedule. If a middle infielder or outfielder were to go down with an injury, Desmond could slide into these positions and provide above average production, especially compared to a typical backup. Gerardo Parra sliding into the fourth outfielder spot will also give them an above average option there. Hopefully he will be able to improve on a disappointing campaign in 2016.
I would also like to see Jordan Patterson make the team, giving the Rockies another guy who can play first base if Desmond is playing elsewhere or outfield if needed. Alexi Amarista will at the very least provide competition for Cristhian Adames during spring training. If he makes the team, he will also be able to play about any position.
One of the things that impressed me the most about the Cubs during last season’s run to the World Series was how many solid baseball players they had, and could move guys around to whatever position made the team the best on any given day. I think with the options the Rockies have this year they will be able to mimic this strategy in a way that they were unable to in past seasons and also not be as affected by possible injuries.