The calendar is turning again, and today marks the 25th day of December. We have come to know it as Christmas. Around the world we see children and adults alike put together their Christmas Wishlist, in hopes Santa sees it. Well, this year, I am putting together mine. While the Colorado Rockies have made some moves to help the bullpen (Bryan Shaw, Jake McGee) and some minor league moves (Dante Bichette, Jr.), the Colorado Rockies have been out of the rumor mill lately. So, today, I am putting something out there for Universe to read.
Four weeks ago, Charlie Blackmon, the Colorado Rockies big bearded, power hitting, run creating Center Fielder made a peculiar decision… He walked from his previous agency and he signed with another.
Now, the transaction by itself is not uncommon. The timing however, is.
‘Chuck Nazty’ as Colorado Rockies fans have come to call him, is 31 years old, and entering his final year of arbitration eligibility. According to reports, Blackmon could be seeing his annual salary increase from the $7.3 million he earned in 2017 to $13.4 million in 2018.
Multiple reports say the Rockies have an interest in resigning the center fielder long term, but there has not been any conversations started toward a long term extension.
With the Rockies current on-field needs, the long term decision behind five-time Gold Glove winner Nolan Arenado and future status of co-arbitration eligible, Gold Glove winning, All-Star second Bbaseman DJ LeMahieu, the organization finds itself with some difficult decisions:
Do you resign Charlie Blackmon to a long term deal and risk losing Nolan Arenado? Do you invest in Arenado, trade Charlie Blackmon for future assets, and promote the upper level outfield talent in Ramiel Tapia and David Dahl? Or do you sign Blackmon for 2018 and let him walk next offseason?