“I don’t think we have a lot of flexibility next year of making some great big splash. That doesn’t mean we can’t get creative and do some things that will help if the right deal comes along.”
Those are the words from Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort on October 1 when Rockies leadership met with the media to discuss what happened last season during the disappointing campaign and what to expect heading into next season.
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These words have resonated throughout Rockies fandom. Many take them as the fact that the Rockies will do very little in the offseason to improve simply because sizable (and questionable) contracts given to underperforming players such as Wade Davis, Bryan Shaw, Ian Desmond and Jake McGee have backed them into a hole. Big contracts for Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon, as well as a sizable increase that is coming for Trevor Story through arbitration and a potential extension, have also played into Colorado’s financial puzzle for the upcoming season.
A new television deal in 2021 will open up some funds, as will some of the above-mentioned contracts coming off the books. However, until then, unless the Rockies can find the “right deal,” there may not be a “big splash” coming.
But even if a big splash isn’t coming, the Rockies could still make a few ripples here and there. That ties into our second quote.