The Colorado Rockies have been at a crossroads for longer than they care to admit.
The Rockies had a 71-91 record in 2019, a 26-34 record in 2020 (equivalent to 71-91 in a 162 game schedule), and are on pace to go 73-89 in 2021. The team, however, lacks a true sense of direction going forward.
After all, the Rockies farm system was ranked in the bottom third of all farm systems by every reputable outlet and, often, ranked in the bottom five entering this season. Also, they don’t have many players locked up after the 2022 season.
With the exception of arbitration-eligible players or pre-arbitration players, the Rockies have Germán Márquez on the books for $15.3 million, Charlie Blackmon potentially on the books for a $10 million player option, and Scott Oberg for a $8 million team option (if he can be healthy and return to pitching). All other Rockies players will be in arbitration or free agents.
Márquez has a team option for $16 million in 2024 but with the exception of a handful of players that will be arbitration-eligible, the Rockies don’t have anything on the books for then.
That’s why the Colorado Rockies need to explore into extensions right now.
The Colorado Rockies need to start working on extensions for some of their players ASAP. This is unlikely to happen, at least until the Rockies name a permanent general manager but the Rockies need to strike before some of the players get too expensive for the Rockies.
Here are three players that the Colorado Rockies should try to give contract extensions to right now.