Find a way to lower the payroll
We talked about the high-priced relievers in the last slide. However, there is still the contract of Ian Desmond to consider.
The 33-year-old Desmond is due a guaranteed $15 million next season and $8 million in the 2021 campaign. With Desmond playing a bench role now and having been moved off of first base and out of center field because of defensive concerns, there are few options the Rockies have for Desmond defensively.
Additionally, his offensive numbers have tanked recently. In his last 15 games, he’s hitting just .146/.239/.244 … and that was before his lone plate appearance against the Cardinals on Sunday when he struck out in the eighth inning.
Can the Rockies find a team that will help with some of the contracts for Desmond or their high-priced relievers? Any bit of financial freedom can help them in the offseason retool the roster.