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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.
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.