Anything that happened (or didn’t, for that matter) in the offseason following 2019 ties back to the end of the 2018 Colorado Rockies campaign.
The Rockies forced the Los Angeles Dodgers into Game 163 to decide the National League West title, with both teams finishing at 91-71.
On October 1, 2018, at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles recorded a 5-2 win, halting the Rockies from winning their first-ever division title and sending the Rockies to Chicago for the National League Wild Card game to meet the Cubs the next night.
Colorado would win that game and earn an NLDS date with Milwaukee. However, the Brewers swept the Rockies, ending the 2018 season … but hope was high that, with Arenado, Trevor Story, and Charlie Blackmon anchoring the offense and a young rotation progressing, Colorado could possibly knock the Dodgers off their perennial NL West pedestal.
Part of that hope came when the Rockies inked Arenado to a massive deal, a contract that would hopefully keep him in Colorado for years to come. However, part of that deal was the assurance that the Rockies would continue to build around Arenado in a quest to keep their upward trajectory going.