Like many of you, I get up in the morning and check to see if any rumors or news involving the Colorado Rockies have surfaced. And, like many of you, I am starting to get the feeling this exercise may be a waste of time.
Since the Colorado Rockies signed Daniel Murphy on December 21, there has been little news or rumors involving the Rockies floating around the Major League Baseball universe. There was one small blip of hope for Rockies fans earlier when a tweet said Colorado still had a chance to re-sign Adam Ottavino … but it was quickly followed up with another tweet saying there were multiple teams in the running for the (former?) Rockies reliever.
The Murphy signing also took care of any lingering swirling rumors from the Winter Meetings regarding the Rockies trading for a first baseman. So here we are, in the middle of a time when the hot stove in Denver is as cold as the lows have been for the last couple of evenings.
Just how cold is it? As an example, this morning, this article from MLB.com listed 10 of the top free agents and where they might land. Not only were the Rockies not predicted to land any of the free agents, the team wasn’t even listed among the serious contenders to sign any of them.
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Even names like Marwin Gonzalez and Josh Harrison that might seem to be fits on the surface don’t seem to be fits for the Rockies any longer in the rumor mill. Colorado’s 40-man roster is full at the moment … and it shows little signs of that changing in the near future.
Sure, we all like to speculate about the possibility of a Bryce Harper or A.J. Pollock signing with Colorado, or a trade for J.T. Realmuto, but the simple truth is that the Rockies have likely done what they’re going to do before spring training begins. Sure, there may be a veteran signing on late, like what happened with Carlos Gonzalez last season, but don’t look for it to be a big splash like some of the other MLB teams will make in the coming days.
Get used to the cold, Rockies fans. It doesn’t look like the hot stove is coming back on any time soon.