The top five reasons you can’t blame the Colorado Rockies for signing so many reclamation projects
5) Clubhouse atmosphere
Especially right now, the Rockies have a lot of young players. While, at least as of now, they are getting the majority of the playing time, the veterans have provided some stability in the clubhouse.
Some of the veterans that have provided that stability in the clubhouse in recent years have been with the Rockies for a long time, like Charlie Blackmon, Trevor Story, and Kyle Freeland but guys like C.J. Cron have been brought in for that too.
Younger players like Alan Trejo have said how the veterans (Trevor Story in Trejo’s case) have been very influential and helpful for them growing as players and as people.
4) They are cheap options on the free agent market
Since the Rockies have been burned numerous times on the free agent market with big contracts, they have turned to players that are cheap on the free agent market.
Almost all of the reclamation projects that have been signed via free agency have been on minor league deals. If/When they make it to the majors, they get a one-year deals for $1 million (give or take).
If they don’t make it to the majors or do poorly in the majors, the Rockies are out very little in money (in the grand scheme of the franchise) and at least they provided a mentor or leader to the clubhouse and, perhaps, something that the veteran showed a younger player will pay dividends for the Rockies and the player in the future.