Colorado Rockies: Our simulated 2020 Opening Day roster

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 16: Ryan McMahon #24 and Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies smile after a 3-0 win over the Miami Marlins at Coors Field on August 16, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 16: Ryan McMahon #24 and Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies smile after a 3-0 win over the Miami Marlins at Coors Field on August 16, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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With the FanSided Fake Winter Meetings in the rearview, it is time to assess what we did to help the Colorado Rockies and how the 2020 Opening Day roster would look after this simulation.

Again, let’s stress that this Opening Day roster was built by simulating what moves I would make for the Colorado Rockies if I was serving as the team’s general manager. By no means were these moves made in real life (although, judging by the feedback I have received from Rockies fans, they are moves that many wish would happen).

These transactions were also made with 29 other FanSided sites doing what they can to improve their own teams. Trades were discussed. Some were made. Some were nixed (including several teams who asked me about the availability of Jon Gray).

To recap, here are the moves that we made in this simulation:

Traded Daniel Murphy to the Chicago White Sox for prospect Blake Rutherford

Traded Wade Davis and Helcris Olivarez to the New York Mets in exchange for Jed Lowrie and Dominic Smith

Traded Bryan Shaw to the Philadelphia Phillies (and half his salary) in exchange for prospect Taylor Lehman.

Signed free agent starting pitcher Kyle Gibson

Signed free agent relief pitcher David Phelps

Signed free agent catcher Jason Castro.

So there is what we did during the Fake Winter Meetings. We were busy but we think it made a nice impact in terms of talent and the budget (saving over $20 million).

With our moves, what would the 2020 Rockies Opening Day roster look like? Let’s take a peek.

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