With the Thanksgiving turkey and all of the side dishes now simply leftovers, the American psyche turns to what deals can be found as the holiday shopping season begins. Here’s hoping that mindset filters down to Colorado Rockies manager Jeff Bridich today as well.
Black Friday is set aside as a day for Americans to look for the best bargains and also unofficially kicks off the holiday season. There are plenty of deals for the Colorado Rockies to find today as well. A trade or two could make the Rockies a true contender for not only their first-ever National League West title, but also an even deeper run than they had last season when the Milwaukee Brewers eliminated them in the National League Division Series. Picking up a key free agent could make all of the difference between coming close in 2019 and achieving some firsts in franchise history.
We have talked about several players who could help the Rockies. Names like C.J. Cron, Derek Dietrich and Wilson Ramos have been mentioned by us and other members of Rockies Twitter as players who could benefit Colorado greatly behind the plate or at first base. But there has to be more than just talk. There has to be some action by management as well.
Two offseason ago, the Rockies made a splash by inking Ian Desmond to a big contract. Yesterday, he didn’t even crack MLB.com’s Thanksgiving Day rankings of the top 20 first basemen in all of baseball, so there’s a lot for Desmond to live up in the last three years of his deal.
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Last offseason, Colorado focused on the bullpen, inking Jake McGee, Bryan Shaw and Wade Davis to sizable deals. Let’s just say that those signings were mixed with less-than-stellar reviews as the season went along.
So what awaits Rockies fans this offseason? Right now, that is anyone’s guess. We know the Rockies have to improve on offense and we know that Bridich has said that will likely be a mix of younger players and free agent signings.
With the Winter Meetings kicking off in just over a couple of weeks, MLB’s Hot Stove should heat up quickly. But wouldn’t it be great if the Rockies shocked the world and pulled a deal or signed a player that put the rest of the National League on notice? Rockies fans are waiting for that to happen. Here’s hoping Bridich does a little shopping of his own on Black Friday and puts a jolt into the offseason.