The 10 worst contracts in Colorado Rockies history

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 19: Pitcher Mike Hampton #10 of the Colorado Rockies throws a pitch during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on September 19, 2001 at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies won 8-2. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
DENVER - SEPTEMBER 19: Pitcher Mike Hampton #10 of the Colorado Rockies throws a pitch during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on September 19, 2001 at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies won 8-2. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) /
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Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies with a base hit
Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies hits a RBI single in the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field on July 19, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

The Colorado Rockies contract extension for Nolan Arenado: 8 years, $260 million

In theory, this should have been a good deal for the Colorado Rockies but from the signing of the contract, the Rockies did absolutely nothing to add to their team, which is what a) made Arenado upset and want to leave and b) made the Rockies a team that was not a contending baseball team.

Everybody knew that the Rockies needed more to be a playoff contender (especially after the 2019 season) but the Rockies, evidently, didn’t see despite it being right in front of them.

Before the 2021 season, the Rockies traded Arenado to St. Louis for five players, none of which were top 100 prospects in the sport AND the Rockies had to send $50 million to the Cardinals as well. It was the only trade on the table for the Rockies and they messed up the entire situation with Arenado at every step.

That’s what makes that deal make our list.

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There they are: the 10 worst contracts in Colorado Rockies history. Not a pretty list but the Rockies have, somewhat, learned from their mistakes as they haven’t made colossal starting pitching mistakes in recent years but hopefully, they can learn from their bullpen and other signings as well.