Colorado Rockies: 3 biggest questions ownership, front office must answer this offseason

DENVER, CO - APRIL 09: Dick Monfort, Owner/Chairman and CEO of the Colorado Rockies, looks on during batting practice as the Rockies host the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Coors Field on April 9, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 09: Dick Monfort, Owner/Chairman and CEO of the Colorado Rockies, looks on during batting practice as the Rockies host the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Coors Field on April 9, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) /
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Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – APRIL 02: Ian Desmond #20 of the Colorado Rockies signs autographs for fans before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on April 02, 2019, in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images /

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The Rockies have had some issues addressing areas via free agency.

The Rockies front office and players don’t seem to buy into the park-adjusted stats, as Charlie Blackmon said in August that “anything that’s park-adjusted is garbage, in my opinion.” Perhaps, they are but have the Rockies been even close to a playoff team in the last two seasons? The answer is a resounding no and both the numbers and your eyes can tell you that.

If the Rockies do sign free agents, they also can’t be trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. That’s partially why they are where they are right now.

In 2020, they had a second baseman/shortstop as their primary catcher (Tony Wolters), a second-baseman as a first baseman (Daniel Murphy), a third baseman as a first baseman (Josh Fuentes), a shortstop as a second baseman, center fielder, and left fielder (Garrett Hampson), and a third baseman as a second and first baseman (Ryan McMahon).

In recent years, they have also had Ian Desmond, a shortstop turned left fielder before becoming a Rockie, sign to play first base and then patrol the largest center field in the sport.

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The secondary talent and depth are what makes a playoff team. It’s why the Dodgers have won the NL West for the better part of a decade now. That talent has to rise to the occasion in the postseason (and the Dodgers talent has not), but that’s how they get to the playoffs. Now, it’s just a matter of if the Rockies can do that and are they willing to change their philosophy that has lasted for decades.

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