Colorado Rockies: Who was the better offseason acquisition?
One of the many problems fans had with previous Colorado Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd was that he was unwilling to make big splashes during the offseason. That is probably the most glaring difference between him and current GM Jeff Bridich.
This offseason Bridich made some splashes. Many of them people didn’t necessarily agree with, but at least he was making a concerted effort to improve the weaknesses of the Rockies.
Bridich couldn’t sign any players until he found a coach first. He quickly found one in former MLB pitcher and San Diego Padres manager Bud Black.
Then he turned people’s heads when he went and signed Ian Desmond to a whopping five-year, $70 million contract to play a position he has never played before.
Bridich also risked signing former Kansas City closer Greg Holland, who missed all of last year due to Tommy John surgery.
Oh and how could I forget the Rockies signing Mark Reynolds to a Minor League contract? Fortunately, it quickly turned into Major League contract when Desmond injured his hand to begin the season.
These offseason acquisitions are the reason the Rockies are leading the NL West, but who was the better pickup?
I’m going to write about each acquisition and make an argument about why he was the best offseason signing. Then, at the end of the article, I’m going to let the you, the fans, decide who the better offseason acquisition was.