Colorado Rockies: The grades for their post-lockout moves
The Colorado Rockies have made some big moves in the 11+ days since the MLB lockout has ended and they range the gamut from very good to awful since they have had some gains and a big loss.
For the moves the Rockies made prior to the lockout (which included multiple contract extensions), we ranked them all the way back in early December in the early days of the lockout.
For this version, we are only considering players on the 40-man roster and not non-roster invitees. Why? The NRIs may not even make the team. They could be none other than a minuscule footnote in the depths of Colorado Rockies history, like Javy López (who was among our 26-man roster of Rockies to play one season or less with the Rockies) or they could be like C.J. Cron (their best hitter in 2021).
Without further ado, let’s begin.
The Colorado Rockies have made some good moves
Signing reliever Alex Colomé via free agency: A
The Colorado Rockies needed to lengthen their bullpen by adding a quality reliever(s). With Alex Colomé: Check
They needed a good reliever: Check.
They needed someone with legitimate closing experience: Check.
They needed a reliever that was a groundball pitcher unlike most of their relievers: Check.
They needed to get a reliever that did not cost a ton of money or years (aka learn from their mistakes with Wade Davis, Jake McGee, and Bryan Shaw): Check and check.
Alex Colomé signed for one year and $4.1 million.
The only reason why this isn’t an A+ is that we still need to see how he will pitch at Coors Field. Considering his groundball rate and his experience, he should be good. But even if he isn’t, it was a low-risk, high-reward signing.