While potentially a benefit, the length of Stroman’s contract could also hurt the Rockies in two ways. First, it means Colorado will have to give up more to get him, which if he’s good will be worth it, but if he struggles, could lead to a lot of regret.
What might it take to get him? Our Jake Shapiro tackled that question in this article.
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That brings us to the second danger of Stroman’s contract. He’s been highly inconsistent throughout his career and throwing the wrench that is Coors Field into that equation is cause for concern. Stroman is making over $7 million this year and will likely make more in arbitration in 2020.
We’ve seen that the Rockies tend to give preference to players making the most money rather than those who are actually playing better. If Stroman tanks in a Rockies uniform, we might have to get used to seeing him pitch every fifth day until 2021 anyway.
Is there reason to believe he will tank? As I mentioned before, he pitched well in his lone appearance at Coors Field and he is in the midst of potentially his best season yet. That being said, he is coming off a season in which he recorded a 5.54 ERA in 19 games. At Coors Field, that could easily inflate to an even more unsightly number.