Once Major League Baseball’s lockout was lifted and spring training began, the Colorado Rockies started reshaping their roster. Fans certainly noticed the difference in the first offseason under new general manager Bill Schmidt, but what did they think of the moves that were made?
Here are the grades handed out by Colorado Rockies fans for the team this offseason
On Twitter, we polled Colorado Rockies fans about the offseason so far that has included, among other deals, signing Kris Bryant to a seven-year, $182 million deal, extending Ryan McMahon with a six-year, $70 million contract, and trading outfielder Raimel Tapia to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Randal Grichuk.
Bryant and Grichuk are expected to transform the look of Colorado’s outfield while adding a much-needed element of power to the batting order. Meanwhile, as we discussed on our most recent podcast, with the lengths of their contracts, Bryant and McMahon are now the faces of the Rockies for the foreseeable future.
So what did the poll tell us about how fans are viewing these moves? Just over 50 percent of the 201 respondents who answered our Twitter poll gave the Rockies a “B” for the offseason so far.
In fact, only 12.9 percent of respondents gave the Rockies a D or less for the moves they have made this offseason to strengthen a roster that went 74-87 last season and finished in fourth place in the National League West.
It’s clear that there are still plenty of questions about the team, including pitching depth and if the additions are enough to offset the losses of Trevor Story and Jon Gray. However, it’s also clear that a fanbase that hasn’t had a great deal to be excited about since Colorado last visited the postseason in 2018 is perhaps starting to see some light at the end of what has been a very dark tunnel.