Colorado Rockies: The top five reasons why they should not sign Trevor Bauer

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 04: Trevor Bauer #27 of the Cincinnati Reds in action during game two of a doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on September 4, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 04: Trevor Bauer #27 of the Cincinnati Reds in action during game two of a doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on September 4, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – JULY 21: Ryan McMahon #24 of the Colorado Rockies during a MLB exhibition game at Globe Life Field on July 21, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Signing Bauer doesn’t address their biggest issues

The Rockies’ strong suit is their starting rotation and they need some major help offensively and in the bullpen. Bauer addresses neither of those, at least directly. While signing him would give the Rockies more pitching depth, as we mentioned yesterday, the Rockies would still need to make some other trades or signings and have their current players develop more.

The Rockies will not be a playoff-contending team unless players like Sam Hilliard, Ryan McMahon, Brendan Rodgers, Raimel Tapia, Scott Oberg, Jon Gray, Kyle Freeland, Dom Nunez, Yency Almonte, Josh Fuentes, Garrett Hampson, Yonathan Daza, Carlos Estevez, Tyler Kinley, and Jairo Diaz (and there are many more) either take the next step to become better players, stay healthy, and/or be more consistent on a year-in and year-out basis.

That’s, essentially, the genesis of the Rockies problems not just in the last two seasons, but throughout their franchise history. Bauer may help alleviate that but he’s one player among a roster of 26. He can’t do it alone.

That provides a segway into reason number three.

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