2015 – 2016:
Number of Minor League Deals: 42
Number of Major League Deals: 4
Number of Trades: 4
Number of Waiver Pickups: 2
Signed Draftees: 32
Most important deal: Trading for German Marquez (Corey Dickerson and Kevin Padio for Jake McGee and German Marquez from the Tampa Bay Rays)
There is an argument to be made that picking Tony Wolters off the waiver wire should be the most important deal this year. That argument is wrong, but it does have reasons to be considered. Wolters turned out to be one of the best defensive catchers in Rockies history. It was just too bad that he was lacking in the bat, I mean aside from the game-winning hit in the 2018 Wild Card Game, that was awesome.
The 2016 draft ended up being a bit underwhelming for the Rockies, a few guys may be called up in 2021 but aside from Colton Welker and Riley Pint, there isn’t much to talk about here.
The big signing in 2015 happened basically by accident. Jake McGee was the focal point of the Tampa trade, not future Opening Day starter German Marquez. While in the long run, McGee didn’t work out, he did put up good enough numbers in 2017 to warrant an extension, though probably not worth as much as he would end up being paid (more on that later). The most important part of this trade was acquiring German Marquez, who has been one of the only consistently good starters for the Colorado Rockies over the years. Even if it wasn’t intended, this trade ended up working out just fine.