What will the 2019 Colorado Rockies possibly look like?
By David Sharp
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Amidst the uncertainty of predicting the 2019 team, there are a few things that we can count on. Chuck Nazty will be back patrolling the outfield grass and Trevor Story will still be holding down shortstop. For maybe the first time in franchise history we’ll be returning our top six starting pitchers and the vast majority of our bullpen arms.
We may, however, be saying goodbye to some of our franchise’s favorite faces. CarGo and DJ were both named in this season’s Top 25 Rockies list and have been an integral part of the culture of the team for years. Ottavino has the best slider that any Rockie has ever thrown. The loss of any one of them would hurt, let alone the pain of replacing all three.
But no good-bye would hurt worse than watching Nolan go. He’s a homegrown superstar that is just now starting to get the recognition that he’s deserved, and we may be forced to trade him away for the long-term good of the ballclub.
The only thing that is certain is that the 2018-19 offseason will not just decide next year’s team, it will determine if this era of Rockies baseball continues or if it is time for a new era to begin.