Colorado Rockies: 3 questions that need to be answered soon
By Kevin Henry
Question 3: If the Rockies sign someone, who falls off the 40-man roster?
This is a tricky question because bringing someone on board in Colorado (Mark Reynolds, Carlos Gonzalez, Lorenzo Cain or any other free agent) means that someone has to be removed from the 40-man roster to make room.
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Right now, the 40-man roster is full so a move would need to be made. That could well be reliever Zac Rosscup, who did not settle before the arbitration deadline on Friday. He was the only one of the five Rockies players who didn’t, so is that a sign of things to come? Possibly. It would be tough for Rosscup to make the Opening Day roster with the depth of Colorado’s bullpen so he may be on the outside looking in if the Rockies need to make a move.
Chris Rabago is another name currently on the 40-man roster that could be moved out if needed. He was moved onto the 40-man roster to protect him from the recent Rule 5 draft. However, he hasn’t played above Class A Lancaster yet so there is time for him to mature before he makes an impact. Tony Wolters, Tom Murphy and Chris Iannetta are already on the 40-man roster as catchers and Dom Nunez (who was at Double-A last season) seems to have a lot of upside.
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Any option would be tough for the Rockies thanks to the depth of their 40-man roster. It is a good problem to have but does make personnel moves even tougher.