The Colorado Rockies agreed to a contract with right-handed pitcher Ivan Nova earlier today and shortly after that, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that the Rockies were in agreement on a minor league contract with Chris Rusin.
That made us think: Why are the Rockies signing so many reclamation projects?
Rockies fans seemed to be a bit puzzled by the moves so, in the vein of the old ESPN Classic Show The Top Five Reasons You Can’t Blame … (which looked at controversial sports moments and looked at why you can’t blame the traditional scapegoat, like why you can’t blame Bill Buckner for the Red Sox losing the 1986 World Series), we will take a look at the Top Five Reasons Why You Can’t Blame the Colorado Rockies for signing so many reclamation projects.
But first, let’s look at the backstory.
The backstory of the Colorado Rockies signing reclamation projects
In this era of Rockies baseball, Nova and Rusin are hardly their first two reclamation projects that they signed.
They have signed Jhoulys Chacin, Jorge De La Rosa, Ryan Howard, Ubaldo Jimenez, Daniel Bard, Zac Rosscup, Greg Holland, C.J. Cron, and Matt Holliday when their careers looked to be over or at least at a crossroads due to injury in recent years to deals.
They also brought back a familiar face like Chris Iannetta into the fold to end his career with the Rockies.
So why is that the case? Let’s dive into the reasons that didn’t make our top five, or as The Top Five Reason You Can’t Blame … called it “The Best of the Rest.”