Colorado Rockies: making the case for acquiring Jose Abreu

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 26: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox hits his 32nd home run of the season, a solo shot in the 1st inning, against the Los Angeles Angels at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 26, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 26: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox hits his 32nd home run of the season, a solo shot in the 1st inning, against the Los Angeles Angels at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 26, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Jose Abreu is one of the best players on the trade market this offseason. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Jose Abreu is one of the best players on the trade market this offseason. Photo courtesy of Getty Images. /

In 2017, the Colorado Rockies offense was, quite frankly, awful but, with one move, the team could improve the offense immensely.

The Colorado Rockies offense was remarkably weak in 2017. With OPS+, which adjusts to the parks played in, the Rockies were nine percent (91 OPS+) below league average offensively, or tied for 26th in baseball. In fact, only four players had an “above average” OPS+ in their tenure with the Rockies in 2017 (Charlie Blackmon at 142, Nolan Arenado at 132, Jonathan Lucroy at 115, and  Mark Reynolds at 105).

But, just looking at it in a scope with Colorado Rockies history, it was one of the worst, especially by wRC+ (Weighted Runs Created Plus). This is where each Rockies team has fallen by wRC+ since 2002, which is when the humidor was created in Coors Field for the baseballs.

Colorado Rockies Offense, 2002-2017

Season Record Runs AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+
2014 66-96 740 .284 .335 .460 .347 104
2007 90-73 843 .287 .362 .453 .355 103
2009 92-70 784 .267 .351 .456 .351 102
2016 75-87 829 .283 .345 .474 .349 99
2004 68-94 807 .281 .354 .468 .353 99
2010 83-79 747 .271 .346 .441 .344 98
2008 74-88 738 .271 .346 .431 .341 96
2012 64-98 741 .280 .337 .449 .339 95
2006 76-86 794 .280 .351 .451 .344 95
2003 74-88 823 .272 .351 .458 .349 95
2013 74-88 695 .277 .330 .432 .333 94
2011 73-89 720 .264 .338 .422 .332 94
2017 87-75 804 .281 .347 .459 .342 94
2005 67-95 724 .274 .342 .426 .335 92
2015 68-94 717 .273 .324 .448 .331 91
2002 73-89 748 .275 .341 .428 .335 85

As you can see, the three teams worse offensively were not teams to write home about in the win-loss column. Even the teams surrounding them were not particularly good.

One of the leaders in offensive production is on a team that has been floundering the past few seasons: first baseman Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox. As Jeff Todd of MLB Trade Rumors noted back in November, when Abreu signed with the White Sox, the Rockies were very interested in him then so one would have to guess that they would still be very interested in him now.

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