Editor’s Note: We continue with our Colorado Rockies 2019 season predictions series with the predictions of one of our contributors, Tyson Crocker. You can check out some of our other predictions here.
I didn’t love how the Rockies went about the offseason this year. I’m not one of those people who thinks you should just make moves regardless of whether or not it actually helps your team, either.
The Rockies went into the 2019 offseason with needs, clear needs. They needed another bat at either first base or an outfield spot and they got it in Daniel Murphy. Even with Ian Desmond moving to centerfield you could say they improved the outfield, offensively.
But one move they did not make that I believe was the biggest hole was at the catcher spot. The Rockies have been depleted at catcher for the majority of their existence and this year is no different. They have two above average defensive catcher who flat out cannot hit. This would not be a problem if there weren’t other options that presented themselves, but there were.
The catcher sport could have been occupied by Yan Gomes, Wilson Ramos or Yasmani Grandal. Jeff Bridich could have gone out and acquired the best overall player at the catcher position in JT Realmuto, but he didn’t. All those players went to National League teams and each team that acquired those players greatly improved that position and all four teams have postseason aspirations similar to the Rockies.