The Colorado Rockies have done an excellent job this year going above expectations and proving they are ready for higher aspirations in the following years. Unfortunately, this has come at a price. With all the midseason moves the Rockies made to beef up their offense and bullpen, the team has been left with more than a few expiring contracts. Here’s how they keep the team moving forward.
First, let’s take a look at the positive side. For one, the Rockies finally have let go Jose Reyes. He is owed the final installment of his massive contract in 2018 ($4 million). This will finally put an end to an absolute waste of more than 40 million dollars for a player who contributed nothing to the Rockies, even when he was in Colorado and not playing for the New York Mets. Carlos Gonzalez also loses his huge contract this year.
Players to let go:
Personally, I would hope the Rockies bid farewell to the veteran, as CarGo is no longer worth big money after his primarily awful season in which he should have been a backup by the end of it. With Ian Desmond, Gerardo Parra, Charlie Blackmon, and Raimel Tapia all coming back next year, as well as a potential re-appearance by David Dahl, there’s no real good reason to give CarGo any money. Even as a pinch hitter, we already have Pat Valaika, who might just be the perfect backup after thriving in the role this season.
There’s no question the Rockies aren’t going to get Mark Reynolds. Colorado had him under a minor league contract as he was almost at an All-Star level. Reynolds will probably ask for astronomically more money this year. Just like CarGo, we already have a couple players to fill his spot. I would love to see Ryan McMahon make his MLB debut at first base next year. However, Colorado signed Ian Desmond to a big contract to fill up that spot.
On the mound, it’s not like Tyler Chatwood was awful. However, the young pitcher should not be on the team in 2018. For one, Bud Black was driven insane at the number of walks Chatwood put up. He also wasn’t exactly elite after posting an ERA just above 4.50. For the first time in a long time, the Rockies have a ton of pitchers who can fill up a solid starting five. There’s no need for a player who has been mediocre at best at Coors Field and walks batters.