Colorado Rockies: upcoming free agents and who could resign
The Colorado Rockies have a bevy of players that are scheduled to become free agents at the end of this season. The Rockies may not resign all of them (or any of them) but with the regular season drawing to a close, it is something that will come up in the not so distant future.
The Rockies season is winding down so, after the playoffs (assuming that they make it), they will have some contracts up in the air. Some of the players are key pieces for the Rockies and some are not but we will go through all of them and predict their chance of resigning with the Rockies.
Jonathan Lucroy was acquired by the Rockies just before the July trade deadline. He has proved to play much better than he did with the Texas Rangers. It hasn’t been as good as he was in Milwaukee with the Brewers but it hasn’t been bad.
Since joining the Rockies, Lucroy has a .265/.379/.382 batting slash line with an OPS+ of 89. With Texas, he was hitting .242/.297/.338 with an OPS+ of 65.
Recently, Lucroy expressed his interest in returning to Colorado for the future, as reported by Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post in this article. In that article, Rockies reliever Chris Rusin Rockies manager Bud Black expressed his interest in keeping Lucroy too.
Black had this to say about Lucroy according to Saunders:
"“I think he’s been invaluable, to the pitchers and to the entire club,” Black said. “This is no knock on Tony (Wolters) or Tom Murphy, who caught games for us earlier in the year. “But when Jonathan is back there, I think there is a calming factor for these young (starting) pitchers, and even for veteran relievers like (Greg) Holland and (Pat) Neshek and (Mike) Dunn. He’s so credible back there: a good blocker of balls, a good receiver and knows the National League.”"
Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich talked with Saunders about Lucroy as well:
"“…[I]n a lot of ways, it’s been a positive experience having Jonathan here. I do think the veteran presence he brings has been a plus.”"
Percentage chance of returning: 60 percent