MLB is back and so are the Colorado Rockies. My co-expert, Kevin Henry, and I had an abbreviated version of the Rox Pile Rockies Report on Thursday afternoon to discuss our initial reactions to the end of the MLB lockout.
Colorado Rockies baseball is back … but will fans pay attention to the team?
We also discuss MLB free agency and what the Colorado Rockies have to do to stay relevant entering Spring Training. Fans are, understandably, upset with the team for a number of different issues in recent years.
They include not getting more talent to shore up their 2017 and 2018 teams for deeper playoff runs, signing free agents that played poorly for the team at first and then, they didn’t sign anybody for multiple offseasons, the trade of Nolan Arenado, the hiring of Bill Schmidt as GM, the recent firing of their new head of analytics, and Dick Monfort being in charge of MLB owners in negotiations for the lockout.
For fans to show up after Opening Day on April 8, the Colorado Rockies have to seize the opportunity they have right now and make improvements to their team ASAP.
They reportedly want to add an outfield bat or two via free agency. But wanting one and getting one are two different things.
The Rockies want to re-sign Trevor Story but, reportedly, they aren’t in the hunt to re-sign him. The Rockies wanted to keep Nolan Arenado but they didn’t want to pay the entirety of his contract. The Rockies wanted to get as much as they could for Jon Gray and they wanted to re-sign Jon Gray but they didn’t trade him they didn’t offer him a qualifying offer, and they didn’t re-sign him.
Now, will something change for them? If it doesn’t, fans won’t be paying attention and the Rockies will continue to bring up the rear in regards to Colorado sports fans after the Broncos, Avalanche, and Nuggets.
In the meantime, Kevin will be in Scottsdale at Rockies camp this coming weekend so be sure to stay tuned to the site as we will continue to have at least one article on the site every day, as we did throughout the lockout and for nearly five years.
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