Is a recent trend in free agency potentially a very good thing for the Colorado Rockies? With prices dropping on some of the players who still haven’t signed and Colorado seemingly needing another bat in its lineup, it is very possible.
On Monday, the San Francisco Giants made another move to bolster its lineup, adding Austin Jackson to the mix to play center field. The outfielder had a bounceback year with the Cleveland Indians last season and made one of the best defensive plays of the season on a catch at Fenway Park.
While it was an improvement of a season for Jackson last year, it was still expected that he would fetch more in free agency than the two-year, $6 million deal that he inked. That lower-than-expected price tag caught the attention of Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports in this tweet.
Remember those words, “The bottoming out of this market is staggering, and what’s scary is that this is just the beginning.” They could be key to Colorado’s chances to add a surprising weapon into the armory.
Big-name free agents such as J.D. Martinez, Jake Arrieta, Yu Darvish, Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn are still on the market. So are former Rockies such as Carlos Gonzalez, Jonathan Lucroy and Mark Reynolds. So are a number of other players who will eventually find homes on MLB rosters.
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Many teams are waiting to spend big dollars on what is expected to be the biggest free agent class in recent history next offseason. Others are worried about going over MLB’s luxury tax.
Whatever the reason, the trending prices going down for today’s free agents is a good thing for the Rockies. At the top prices perhaps being fetched, Colorado might not be able to look at a Logan Morrison or Lorenzo Cain to add a bat to their roster. Now, with prices dropping and teams looking for bargains rather than to spend at will, those expecting high-money long-term deals may be sorely disappointed.
That’s a good thing for teams like Colorado who perhaps aren’t known as historically lavish with their spending. Could the Rockies be playing the waiting game to see if a certain free agent falls into their budget range? Don’t forget that Rockies manager Bud Black mentioned that the Rockies could be signing another player in the next few weeks.
San Francisco has been smart with its budget with its offseason moves so far this season, including Jackson on Monday and a trade for Andrew McCutchen that certainly seemed to favor the Giants. Colorado general manager Jeff Bridich could be holding his cards close and waiting for the right moment (and right price) to improve his team as well.