The only momentum, offensively, for the Rockies lies among three players.
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While Bud Black may tell you momentum is merely a day-to-day mirage, the three hitters shouldering his lineup’s load would likely disagree: Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, and Charlie Blackmon
Marquez’s recent performances landed him a 5-year, $43 million extension. His breakthrough has even given the staff’s makeup a lift with Freeland, Jon Gray, and Antonio Senzatela all showing signs of growth. Story does the same for the batting order.
Through free agency, Ian Desmond, Daniel Murphy, and DJ LeMahieu have all shown evidence of General Manager Jeff Bridich’s ineptitude. Wade Davis, Jake McGee, and Bryan Shaw’s signings all reveal the same.
The Rockies’ farm system also lacks depth from front office woes.
All the club has left is a batch of young, impactful players and enough to fill a roster around them. That group also represents their only chance of avoiding a full-scale rebuild – costs be damned.
A rebuild or a retool represent the only two options left for the Rockies. The club can grant the underlying wishes of Arenado, sending him to a contender and rid themselves of Story before his massive free agency hits and use the pieces they receive to finally start over. They can also mend the relationship with their third baseman and sign Story to a long-term deal.
From recent history, neither path is likely to put the Rockies into a conversation with the league’s elite teams – a place both Arenado and Story desire. Keeping a part of the pair won’t get the club there either. It’s all-in or fold for Bridich and company.