For once, there’s absolutely no shortage of topics to talk about when it comes to the Colorado Rockies. They shocked the baseball world by signing Kris Bryant and, subsequently, confused said baseball world as literally no one nationally has any idea what to make of them. Not like the Rockies haven’t helped influence that mindset over the past few years (OK fine, last few decades), but no one seems to understand the Rockies and what they’re doing this season.
That’s where we come in.
We’ll cover the key acquisitions the Rockies made this offseason, what it means for this current roster, discuss who’s facing the most pressure in 2022, give you a gambling preview courtesy of our friends at WynnBET and then answer some questions from a quick Twitter Q&A.
So let’s get to it!
Colorado Rockies key acquisitions through Free Agency and Trades
José Iglesias – SS (1 year, $5M)
Alex Colomé – RP (1 year, $4.1M)
Chad Kuhl – SP (1 year, $3M)
Kris Bryant – LF (7 years, $182M)
Randal Grichuk – OF (2 years, $18.6M. Acquired through trade for Raimel Tapia)
Now, it’d be disingenuous to evaluate these moves without considering how the Colorado Rockies got here. In a silo, you can paint a majority of these signings/trades in a very positive light. But for many, a shadow of doubt clouds everything the Rockies do thanks to the debacles of Nolan Arenado’s departure, Trevor Story’s falling out, and, apparently, just not wanting Jon Gray to stay badly enough.
All of that is also shaped by not trading Story and Gray at the deadline, signifying the team didn’t want to enter a rebuild and has the mindset that they feel they can compete this year. Many thought this was the wrong move as conventional wisdom would’ve pointed to the Rockies needing to rebuild, but the Rockies have never done things the conventional way. Whether this irks you or not frames your mindset around this offseason.
Now, to the moves.
Here’s a quick breakdown by player.