Every offseason, MLB Trade Rumors publishes their list of the top 50 free agents heading and they have predictions on where each free agent will sign and the terms of their contract.
In the 2018-19 offseason, their predictions had the Colorado Rockies signing one of those top 50 free agents in #47 catcher Martin Maldonado. While the Rockies did sign one of the top 50, it was not Maldonado. It was infielder Daniel Murphy, who was #31 on their list.
This year, however, the Rockies are only one of five teams in which MLB Trade Rumors predicted that they will end up with none of the top 50. In fact, for most players, they list some other teams that the top 50 could also end up with and the Rockies didn’t even appear in any of the descriptions in that sense either.
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It’s not surprising to see that they are predicting that, essentially, the Rockies will not do much on the free agent market considering the developments of the offseason thus far.
As you probably know very well by now, Rockies owner Dick Monfort has already said that he doesn’t think that they “have a lot of flexibility on next year of making some great big splash.”
As Monfort said last month, “that doesn’t mean that we can’t get creative and do some things that will help if the right deal comes along” but that likely means that a trade (or multiple trades) would be more in the Rockies wheelhouse this offseason.
As you also know as well, the Rockies have been burned (at least production wise) on nearly all of their free agent signings of late, including Wade Davis, Bryan Shaw, Jake McGee, Ian Desmond, Mike Dunn, Mark Reynolds (the most recent signing), Chris Iannetta, Gerardo Parra, and Daniel Murphy.
With the lack of success on the free agent market and the money that they have tied up with those players, it definitely points to the Rockies needing to improve via trade.