In baseball, there are winners and losers. Many journalists go over the winners and losers of the offseason every year. However, when it comes to the Colorado Rockies, they just might have been the biggest losers of all. After I completely explain my reasoning, you’ll understand why signing Carlos Gonzalez doesn’t help the Rockies one bit.
Let’s turn back the clock a few months…back to when just about all the top free agents remained unsigned. We here at Rox Pile were actually trying to figure out who the Rockies were going to put in right field. It got down to the point where I felt the need to write an article just to address the elephant in the room. Then we all know what happened in the coming months.
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Now, that leads us to this moment in time and as to why I wrote this article. The moment Carlos Gonzalez signed that contract was the moment the Rockies truly were losers this offseason/Spring Training. Colorado appeared to have a plan set up for how the season was going to work without CarGo in the lineup.
Though now, it’s in shambles the team truly didn’t sign any offensive players. As of now, they are looking to have the same season as 2017, meaning they will once again depend on Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon. This is something that the Rockies shouldn’t do moving forward.
Let’s face the music: the Rockies most likely didn’t sign CarGo again because of the “stellar” 2017 he had. It may have been because a certain prized possession who’s contract is only has a couple years left was best friends with him. If that weren’t the case, perhaps the Rockies would’ve gone after someone else who would have been more expensive, like J.D. Martinez, or done another cheap option, like taking Corey Dickerson off waivers. We may never know.
Now, due to CarGo coming back, it seems fairly obvious he will be in right field, thus derailing the plan of Gerardo Parra in right with Ian Desmond in left. Because of this, Parra will be back in left leaving Desmond to most likely start at first. You know what that means? Ryan McMahon will probably get pushed down to the minors for a stint. David Dahl is already going to start the season in Triple-A.
It’s just hard to fathom that a team with a good outfield depth would resign for someone who barely contributed to the team.
I didn’t write this to bash, just to open some eyes. The Colorado Rockies may have thought that signing Carlos Gonzalez was the right decision, but they could be terribly mistaken. The Rockies are noted to have made good offseason moves, though maybe that’s not the best thing to say without knowing the outcome of the 2018 season.
Don’t hold your breath too long thinking that CarGo is going to have an immaculate performance this season. The Colorado Rockies may have just lost the entire season due to one signing.