In the span of roughly four days, the Colorado Rockies established exactly who was going to be the franchise’s foundational position players for the near future.
With Kris Bryant signed to a seven-year, $182 million deal and Ryan McMahon inking a $70 million extension that will keep him as a part of the Colorado Rockies through the 2027 campaign, Rockies fans know exactly who the team is looking to build around as a wave of prospects make their way from the minor leagues to 20th and Blake.
In this Colorado Rockies podcast, we talk about the decision for the franchise to build around Kris Bryant and Ryan McMahon
Bryant’s contract was the second-highest given out this offseason, trailing only the massive 10-year, $325 million deal handed out by the Texas Rangers to former Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager. While some may question the amount and length of contract given by the Rockies to Bryant, there’s no denying that general manager Bill Schmidt landed the big name player he was aiming for this offseason.
Could the Rockies have spent the money to get more players, much like the Philadelphia Phillies did with Kyle Schwarber and Nick Castellanos (both players linked to the Rockies during the offseason)? We discuss the possibilities and if two players would have really impacted the Rockies more than one will in Bryant.
We also discuss what lies ahead for McMahon and the opportunities for him to improve at the plate. Those improvements are something that the Rockies are expecting and counting on, hoping to complement the stellar defense McMahon flashed last season.
You can hear our thoughts about the current state of the Rockies and how the lineup might shake out as spring training rolls along by clicking here. You can also hit the play button below to hear the podcast.