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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Jonathan Lucroy of the Colorado Rockies
PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 12: Catcher Jonathan Lucroy #21 of the Colorado Rockies walks off the field during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 12, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Signed catcher Jonathan Lucroy (2 years/$20m)

MLBTradeRumors predicted that Lucroy would land a two-year deal worth $24 million in the offseason. We came in quick with an offer of two years and $20 million and it wasn’t matched or upped by any of the other teams so we feel very glad to put Lucroy back behind the plate for another couple of seasons of Rockies baseball.

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Why we did it: There is no question that Lucroy made a huge impact at the plate and behind the plate when he came over from the Texas Rangers at last season’s trade deadline. The impact that he had on Colorado’s young pitching staff was evident and we believe it is very important to keep that momentum going so that budding pitchers such as German Marquez, Antonio Senzatela and Kyle Freeland can learn from one of MLB’s most respected players behind the mask.

With Lucroy behind the plate and Tony Wolters in the fold, Colorado should be in good shape with its catchers in 2017. Plus (spoiler alert) we added another catcher in a trade that you will read about on the next page. This means that Tom Murphy is going to have to wait his turn. However, after a very disappointing 2017, maybe that is not such a bad thing for his development.

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