While we were making some moves at the Winter Meetings, we were also watching our wallet and keeping an eye on how much other teams were bidding on players who suited up for Colorado in 2017. Here are some of the numbers and moves that were made.
Baltimore signed Tyler Chatwood for three years and $29 million
Our take: Good for Chatty for landing somewhere else. Good for the Rockies for not having him as a part of the rotation in 2017.
Miami signed Ryan Hanigan to a one-year deal for $800,000
Our take: Before Lucroy exploded on the scene with the Rockies, it was Hanigan who was playing the role of the veteran behind the plate. Colorado’s young pitchers benefitted from his tutelage.
San Francisco signed Carlos Gonzalez to a four-year, $40 million deal
Our take: Alright then. Believe me when I say I am a huge CarGo fan, both on the field and in the locker room. I appreciate all he has done for the Rockies. However, there was no way we were going to match this offer when we saw it lobbed out by the Giants. At 32, CarGo most assuredly still has plenty in the tank. However, his tough 2017 hurt his value on the field in our eyes and we just couldn’t see spending that money when it could go toward locking up Arenado.
Washington signed Pat Neshek to a two-year, $12 million deal
Our take: Neshek was a good pickup for the Rockies last season and a good guy in the clubhouse. However, we just didn’t see a long-term fit.
Texas signed Jake McGee to a two-year, $19 million deal
Our take: McGee heads back to the American League with our blessing. The price tag was too high when we have seen plenty of inconsistency during his time in Denver.
New York Yankees signed Mark Reynolds for one year and $4.5 million
Our take: This may be one that we regret. Reynolds often carried the Rockies during the first part of the season and was a defensive wizard at times at first. A one-year deal might have made sense but Desmond has to play first base at some point after that big contract, right?
As for Greg Holland, he was not signed during the FanSided Winter Meetings. Rox Pile, along with several other sites, tried to “low ball” the price and bring his price down. MLBTradeRumors predicted Holland to go for four years and $50 million. We offered a two-year, $17 million deal that was rejected.