On Tuesday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reported Jeff Bridich’s comments on Nolan Arenado‘s contract. As you may expect, he did not say much in regards to it, as he is known to be relatively mum on a lot of topics in general. However, he did divulge a little bit of information on the Rockies free agent front.
Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich was at at an Insidetheseams.com town hall meeting at Denver’s Sam’s No. 3 restaurant earlier this week and he mainly spoke on Nolan Arenado (which there was nothing really new to report there) but he also spoke on the Rockies outfield situation.
He said that the Rockies “haven’t been overly aggressive” on the outfield free agent market. In other words, if you were hoping for the Rockies to sign Bryce Harper, A.J. Pollock, or any other outfielders, don’t be holding your breath.
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As it currently stands, the Rockies outfield will be comprised of Charlie Blackmon, who will be moving from center field to left field, Ian Desmond, who will be moving from first base to center field, and David Dahl, who will look to play his first full MLB season in right field.
Fangraphs projects the Rockies outfield to be 27th in left field (but they slate Ian Desmond to be in left field), 25th in center field (they have Dahl projected to be there), and 18th in right field (where they project Charlie Blackmon will be).
It should be noted that with the exception of third base and shortstop (with Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story both 7th in their projections), the Rockies do not have a projection above 14th offensively (that’s at first base).
It remains to be seen if the Rockies will do anything else to improve their offense (which has struggled mightily in 2018 and 2017) but thus far, they have only added Daniel Murphy and in all likelihood, that will not be enough unless some of the current Rockies step it up.