This offseason, the free agent market has been very quiet for many teams as only seven players have signed contracts that are for more than $25 million. However, three of those seven (Wade Davis, Bryan Shaw, and Jake McGee) have signed with the Colorado Rockies.
In 2017, the Rockies finished six games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks for the first National Wild Card spot. With the moves made by the Rockies, including signing the aforementioned Davis, Shaw, and McGee as well as catcher Chris Iannetta, they have been, far and away, the most active team this offseason.
In fact, there has been $598.16 million spent on free agents this offseason, according to MLB Trade Rumors (note: this does not include Justin Upton, who is listed in MLBTR’s list but his contract was really an extension since he had an opt-out clause with the Angels and he resigned with them). The Rockies have spent about $114.5 million of that, or just under 20 percent of the money this offseason.
In contrast, the Arizona Diamondbacks have spent a meager $6.85 million on free agents (Japanese pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano and reliever TJ McFarland). However, with trades and signings, have the Rockies closed the gap between the two teams or have they even come close?