Colorado Rockies: who should they target in free agency?
The third priority for the Rockies should be starting pitching. The Rockies have a lot of young, talented pitchers, but again most of them have yet to prove their consistency. They also lost one of their more experienced pitchers in Tyler Chatwood.
I wouldn’t consider this a huge need for the Rockies given how many starting pitchers they have. However, if they were to target someone I think it should be a talented veteran who can help groom the many young pitchers the Rockies have.
A possible target could be Jake Arrieta who played for the Chicago Cubs last season. He had a 3.53 ERA and 163 strikeouts. Arrieta would be a costly addition but he would add talented veteran experience. He would also bring a high strikeout rate to a rotation that doesn’t produce many strikeouts.
A less expensive option could also be former Texas Rangers pitcher, Andrew Cashner. Last season, Cashner had a 3.40 ERA with 86 strikeouts. What stands out about Cashner is his WAR which was 4.6 compared to Arrieta’s 1.9.
Both of these options would be great pickups, but might be more money than the Rockies want to spend on starting pitching, since they already have a lot of options.