Priority Two: Catcher
The Rockies made a shrewd move at the trade deadline last season, acquiring a slumping Jonathan Lucroy from the Texas Rangers.
Lucroy made an immediate and significant impact for the Rockies behind the plate. Before the trade, Lucroy hit .242/.297/.338 in 77 games with the Rangers. After the change of scenery, Lucroy hit .310/.429/.437 in 46 games with the Rockies.
Not only did Lucroy give the Rockies an offensive boost behind the plate for the Rockies, he provided the intangibles as well, bringing past postseason experience to a very young team and providing a veteran presence behind the plate for a rotation led by 26-year-old Jon Gray and two rookies.
Re-signing Lucroy would be a good move by the Rockies, and he already expressed possible interest in returning to Denver next season.
Another option could be to bring in former Tigers and Cubs catcher Alex Avila. The Rockies were rumored to be in on Avila around the 2017 trade deadline, but the Tigers eventually dealt him to the Chicago Cubs.
Avila didn’t perform as well in Chicago after the trade, hitting just .239 after starting off the year hitting .274 with Detroit. Like Lucroy, though, a change of scenery to baseball’s best hitter’s park could be lucrative.