Colorado Rockies: Trades and other simulated moves we made

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 30: Raimel Tapia #7 of the Colorado Rockies breaks his bat as he hits a RBI on a ground ball out during the thirdi inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 30, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 30: Raimel Tapia #7 of the Colorado Rockies breaks his bat as he hits a RBI on a ground ball out during the thirdi inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 30, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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Dick Monfort, owner of the Colorado Rockies
DENVER, CO – APRIL 09: Dick Monfort, Owner/Chairman and CEO of the Colorado Rockies, looks on during batting practice as the Rockies host the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Coors Field on April 9, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) /

December is a busy month for Major League Baseball and it should be a very active month for the Colorado Rockies as well. With the Winter Meetings slated for Orlando starting on December 10, the Rockies and MLB’s other 29 teams are expected to make a lot of trades, signings and announcements that will shape their teams for 2018 and years to come.

This past week, Rox Pile joined the 29 other FanSided sites covering their respective Major League Baseball teams at the FanSided Winter Meetings. Conducted virtually, each site had its own general manager who was responsible for making their team better. There were rules that each team had to “live by,” including not offering $200 million to every free agent who you would like to have on the team (we are looking at you, Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Otani). With that in mind, we did not sign either player. It simply wasn’t realistic so it didn’t happen.

Let me make clear, these are SIMULATED moves, not actual moves made by the Rockies.

However, while not real, we still made plenty of moves that we believe could set the Rockies up for success in 2018 … and past next season as well. In this article, we will tell you the moves that we made and explain why we did it. We will also tell you where Rockies from the 2017 team ended up and how much they were paid (spoiler alert, we did not re-sign Greg Holland, Pat Neshek or Carlos Gonzalez because of what we believed were inflated salaries).

Let’s dive in…

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