Dick Monfort: “In hindsight, there may have been an opportunity to be a buyer that long-term might have helped us. Short term, it might not have done much. And that’s on me.”
The Rockies are well known as a team who don’t go too big at the trade deadline. This season at the July 31 deadline, Colorado was 50-59 after losing its fourth game in five outings. The playoffs were a remote chance at that point even, yet it seems the Rockies may have had a chance to secure a trade that could’ve helped the Rockies long-term.
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Could that have been Marcus Stroman, who ended up going to the Mets? Could that have been another pitcher? What about a position player? We’ll never truly know. What we do know, however, is that there seemed to be a little bit of a regret from Colorado’s owner that the trigger wasn’t pulled on a trade that likely would’ve cost Colorado prospects.
We may never know who that “opportunity” was, but it’s clear that the Rockies were looking at ways to improve despite the 2019 record. Will this missed opportunity make the Rockies a little less cautious in 2020 when trades are discussed? We’ll have to wait and see.