On Saturday, the San Diego Padres fired manager Andy Green after nearly four years of running the team from the dugout. Green’s firing is yet another reminder of the importance of the upcoming offseason for the Colorado Rockies.
With a young and talented offensive nucleus to build around and one of America’s most beautiful cities to call home, the Padres will likely be able to attract a big-name manager in the offseason. Depending on how the rest of this season goes, that could include names such as Joe Maddon, Mike Scioscia and Joe Girardi. It would be another potential step toward the Padres become a greater threat in the National League West.
Of course, if you look at the current NL West standings, even before Green was fired, the Padres are ahead of the Colorado Rockies. Whether you disagree with San Diego’s recent moves and acquisitions or not, it’s very apparent that the Padres are going to do what they can in the offseason to improve. Now the question becomes, once again, what are the Rockies going to do to not keep up with them and the rest of the West but bypass them in the standings?
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We already know the Los Angeles Dodgers will be loaded again next season. It’s very likely that Farhan Zaidi will be aggressive in trying to rebuild the San Francisco Giants back into pennant winners in the offseason. The Arizona Diamondbacks are still mathematically alive for a Wild Card spot despite shedding Paul Goldschmidt and Zack Greinke. The Padres have now made a big move before the end of the season. What will be your move or moves, Colorado?
We have talked for weeks that Colorado can’t afford to have another quiet offseason this year. What will the Rockies do to improve the back end of their rotation and the bullpen? What will they do about some of the veteran contracts that are holding up so much money? What can they do to improve overall other than just hope Kyle Freeland and German Marquez bounce back from regression and the offensive stalwarts stay healthy and the All-Stars perform like All-Stars yet again?
These are some of the questions that have to be addressed in the offseason. The other teams in the NL West are going to improve or take steps to at least try to do so. Andy Green‘s firing on Saturday is another reminder that just doing the same thing and hoping that things get better isn’t enough to compete in a very tough division.