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.