Colorado Rockies: “What if” and the starting pitcher free agents

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DENVER, CO - JULY 4: Relief pitcher Jordan Lyles #24 of the Colorado Rockies delivers to home plate during the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field on July 4, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 4: Relief pitcher Jordan Lyles #24 of the Colorado Rockies delivers to home plate during the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field on July 4, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 04: Pitcher Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies walks off the field after being removed from the game during the bottom of the second inning of the National League Wild Card game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on October 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 04: Pitcher Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies walks off the field after being removed from the game during the bottom of the second inning of the National League Wild Card game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on October 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

The Rockies spent their offseason bolstering the bullpen, but perhaps adding a veteran arm to the rotation may help. If you want to see what the rotation would look like without a veteran arm, I wrote about that here. It seems as if the baseball gods are being gracious that the top three starting pitcher free agents are still on the market. Making a move like this may solidify Colorado’s Wild Card spot or even push them past the Dodgers.

Sure, this may have been an exercise in what could be if the Rockies had ample money to spend. It could also be an exercise to show what would happen if the team went all in on pitching and didn’t have big contract decisions with DJ LeMahieu, Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon coming in the next few months and offseason.

Next: What should the bullpen look like on Opening Day?

If money were no object, and with the Rockies in an ever-growing competitive division, moves like these could reinforce Colorado’s spot as a division power. Hey, they’ve already made big moves with the bullpen. Why not take the next step with the rotation?

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