Welcome to the final table of the 2019 World Series of Poker, Colorado Rockies. You have the short stack of chips at the table but this is the best hand you’ve been dealt all night. There is only one thing left to do … GO ALL-IN!
The news of the monster trade of Paul Goldschmidt to the St. Louis Cardinals caused a huge ripple effect throughout the National League, especially in the West. It signaled that the Arizona Diamondbacks are now in rebuilding mode. With the San Diego Padres still a couple of years away from contending and the aging San Francisco Giants another year older, the NL West is now down to a two-team race between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies. Odds are that this might be Colorado’s best and last chance to capture their first division title and set themselves up for a World Series run.
Let’s face it. This could quite possibly be the final season of Nolan Arenado in Colorado. If that is the case, why not try to out-Dodger the Dodgers and make as big a splash as possible in free agency this winter?
Along with the Top 5 talent of Arenado, the Rockies are bringing back arguably their best rotation in franchise history. Add in Trevor Story, who is entering his prime, Charlie Blackmon, who is in the back end of his prime, a healthy David Dahl, and Wade Davis closing out games, the 2019 Rockies could be a couple of impact bats and a key arm away from being a serious title contender.
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Unfortunately, in order to acquire some of these key pieces to the roster, general manager Jeff Bridich may have to do something he has been reluctant to do: Part ways with valued prospects. Is he willing to jeopardize future success in hopes of making one final run with Arenado in 2019?
I recently wrote that I expect the Rockies to make little movement in the upcoming winter meetings and make minor moves this offseason, so obviously I’m skeptical. But imagine, just for one offseason, if Colorado took a seat at the big boy table and went “All-In.”
So here is your opportunity, Rockies. Will you or will you not push all of your chips to the middle of the table?