With an offseason of virtual inactivity and coming off a 71-91 record in 2019, the Colorado Rockies have obviously not impressed those putting together MLB.com’s first power rankings of the decade.
When MLB.com released their power rankings over the weekend, the Colorado Rockies were not listed among the top 20 teams. National League West rivals Los Angeles (No. 2) and Arizona (No. 11) made the list. In all, 10 National League teams were in the rankings, including defending World Series champion Washington (No. 7).
Part of the ranking could well come from Colorado’s lack of Major League signings this offseason. Heading into Monday, the Rockies were one of three teams (joining Pittsburgh and the Chicago Cubs) that had spent zero dollars on free agents with an MLB contract.
Certainly there is still time for the Rockies to make some kind of noise (through a signing or trade) before pitchers and catchers report to Scottsdale in just over a month. However, the entire offseason has been dominated by Colorado making minor league signings seemingly in hopes of finding players who can rebound with a fresh team. That includes Monday night’s signing of former Pittsburgh catcher Elias Diaz, who will compete with Dom Nunez and Drew Butera for a spot on the Major League roster alongside Tony Wolters.
While there may not be a lot of stock put into the year’s first Power Rankings (because, again, there will be more moves made by teams before spring training … and there’s a long way to go between now and the postseason), it is once again a reminder that, if Rocktober is to return to Denver, there are plenty of teams standing in the way of the Rockies. Those teams have also been busy this offseason trying to improve.
Does that always equate into success? No, just ask last year’s Phillies.
Rockies fans can only hope that the gamble being taken by the front office in counting on better seasons from players such as Kyle Freeland, Daniel Murphy, Wade Davis, Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee pays off in 2020.