“Well … we’re waiting!!!” As Ted Knight’s character, Judge Smails, eloquently put it in the classic 1980 film “Caddyshack,” Colorado Rockies fans are eagerly waiting for news as other teams begin to make moves as “hot stove” season begins to heat up before the start of the Winter Meetings.
There are quite a few items on the Colorado Rockies‘ Christmas list this winter: A right-handed corner bat, a catcher who is actually competent with a bat, a back-end reliever to replace Adam Ottavino (who is likely to depart via free agency), an established starter to solidify the rotation and locking up Nolan Arenado as the face of the franchise for years to come, just to name a few.
As we all wait for general manager Jeff Bridich and the Rockies’ front office to begin wheeling and dealing, the lack of news coming out of Denver is starting to feel oddly familiar.
Flashback a few months ago to July of last season, as the Rockies were in the middle of a playoff race with the trade deadline approaching. The Rockies were facing some of the exact same issues and looked to be possible buyers but little was done to address them. Besides the acquisition of Seunghwan Oh and the signing of Matt Holliday, they stayed relatively quiet. Instead of filling glaring holes on the roster, they watched other teams, especially the Los Angeles Dodgers, pick up key pieces that were crucial to their own playoff runs.
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Now, with the Rockies heading into baseball’s Winter Meetings (starting on December 10 in Las Vegas), do not be surprised if they, once again, sit idly by. This is not saying that moves will not be made. It is saying that the moves that many of us are clamoring for the Rockies to make may not come to fruition.
Last season, grumblings for the Rockies to move on from struggling veterans and go with promising prospects fell mostly on deaf ears. Now that some of those key vets having departed, do not be surprised if they finally give the likes of Ryan McMahon, Raimel Tapia, Tom Murphy and others their first real shot at regular playing time instead of making a splash in the free agent market.
So as MLB’s hot stove season begins to heat up, lower your expectations as temperatures may just stay the same in Colorado.