The 2018 Winter Meetings in Las Vegas came and went, and despite flashy moves by many teams, the Colorado Rockies stayed quiet on the free agent and trade markets. Where can the club go from here?
To discouraged Colorado Rockies fans, I say this: Just because the Rockies didn’t make any moves during the Winter Meetings doesn’t mean general manager Jeff Bridich doesn’t have plans to try to improve his team. Multiple reports surfaced linking Colorado to first base options Carlos Santana and Edwin Encarnacion before the Mariners and Indians pulled off a three-team trade involving the Tampa Bay Rays that sent Encarnacion to Seattle and Santana back to Cleveland after the Phillies sent him to the Mariners.
This deal most likely takes Santana off the market, but we have learned over the years not to rule anything out when it comes to Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto. Additionally, the Mariners appear to be in full-teardown mode after the departures of shortstop Jean Segura, starting pitcher James Paxton, second baseman Robinson Canó, closer Edwin Díaz, and OF/DH Nelson Cruz, so it’s possible Dipoto flips Encarnacion once he finds a deal he likes.
After the three-team blockbuster, Colorado is still searching for a more productive first base option than incumbent Ian Desmond. Thomas Harding, who covers the Rockies for MLB.com, reported more names the Rockies are looking into.
There are pros and cons attached to each. I’ll start with Daniel Murphy.