Sorry Colorado Rockies fans but the organization has done it to you again. It has been six months since the last time the rug out had been pulled from under you and just as you managed to get back to your feet, they gave the rug another tug.
The MLB trade deadline came and went and the Rockies, with the sizable list of valuable trade pieces headlined by Trevor Story and Jon Gray that could have helped rebuild the club for the future, managed to make one lone transaction by trading reliever Mychal Givens to the Reds for a couple of prospects.
After infuriating the entire fan base this winter by shipping Nolan Arenado and a huge bag of cash ($50 million) to the Cardinals, Rockies fans thought all of the insanity may have been behind them as GM Jeff Bridich stepped down and Bill Schmidt replaced him as the interim.
It’s the same old, same old for Colorado Rockies fans.
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Apparently, the incompetence didn’t follow Bridich out the door as Schmidt decided to hang onto the expiring contracts of Story, Gray, and a handful of others with the slim hope of resigning them this winter.
Instead of receiving a handful of prospects in a trade involving Story, the Rockies will likely get the consolation prize of a compensation draft pick if/when he signs to play elsewhere.
Ironically, after the Arenado trade, owner Dick Monfort and Bridich said one of the reasons for trading him was that they didn’t want just a compensation pick if he happened to opt-out of his contract.
The Rockies are 20 1/2 games back in the NL West entering Friday night with zero hope of making the playoffs especially as the Giants, Dodgers, and Padres all made huge moves of their own at the deadline.
This leaves the Rockies, once again, stuck in purgatory. They aren’t building for the future and they aren’t building for a current playoff run.
If Friday taught the fans anything, it is that the Rockies are an incompetently run organization. Winning organizations know when it’s time to start fresh and rebuild. After the Cubs and Nationals won the World Series in 2016 and 2019 respectively, they realized it was time to rebuild for the future and broke up their core group of players at the deadline.
Sorry fans, but when the Cubs and Nats are back in the playoffs in a couple of seasons and Rockies are not, remember this day. It was a day that could have been the first day of a new start, the turning around of a flailing franchise but instead, it’s just another day that shows that Dick Monfort and the front office still don’t have a clue as to what they are doing.