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Colorado Rockies: New Year, New Team

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Colorado Rockies

For a team that has been struggling for quite some time now, it was no surprise the Colorado Rockies turned in another sub-par season.

Finishing 75-87, a full 16 games behind the division champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

The season wasn’t a complete failure. It was actually a drastic increase from the horrendous 2015 season. Finishing dead last with a record of 68-94, the season the Colorado Rockies had just last year now doesn’t seem to matter, and would actually be considered a pretty decent year.

Well, the front office didn’t seem to agree, firing manager Walt Weiss just after this third straight losing season came to an end.

Moving forward, a lot of young talent is left over-looked in the Rockies organization. They definitely have the potential to win a Wild Card spot in the not too distant future. Of course that road is accompanied by the likings of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Francisco Giants along with the St. Louis Cardinals, and New York Mets, just to name a few.

Off-Season Moves:

For the first move of the off-season, the Rockies hired former southpaw Bud Black to take over the managerial duties.

Recognizing their necessity of pitching, the Rockies agreed to one-year deals with RHP Jordan Lyles, RHP Tyler Chatwood, and LHP Jake McGee along with a deal for utility player Alexi Amarista.

They also agreed to two-year deals with Gold Glove third baseman Nolan Arenado and outfielder Charlie Blackmon.

Then, in mid-December, the Rockies and All-star center fielder Ian Desmond agreed to a five-year contract worth $70 million. The first year outfielder and long time infielder (who is rumored to play first base for the upcoming season), hit a spectacular .285, put up a .335 on base percentage, and sealed his comeback season with a .446 slugging percentage.

In the signing of Desmond, the Rockies will forfeit their 11th overall pick in the draft because Desmond rejected their qualifying offer at the beginning of the off-season.

Just a couple of days after the announcement of the Desmond signing, the Rockies and LHP Mike Dunn agreed to a three-year, $19 million deal with a fourth year club/vesting option worth $6 million.

After hiring a new manager, the Rockies went ahead and hired a new batting coach in Duane Espy.

Expectations For 2017:

The odds of the Rockies making a fall appearance is pretty slim, but not impossible. After being bitten by the injury bug for a few years now, a healthy season would be extremely valuable. Especially if they receive full seasons from Arenado, Blackmon, shortstop phenom Trevor Story, second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who is always in the running for the batting title, and right fielder Carlos Gonzalez. Full, healthy seasons from those players should definitely help Colorado give the Dodgers and Giants a run for their money.

Despite this, the lack of pitching depth could hurt their chances more than a healthy offense can help. The highly anticipated debut of top prospect Jeff Hoffman is a step in the right direction of a more full pitching staff, but one guy can’t turn everything around. If the Rockies wish to compete, which they have the talent to do so, a more dominant rotation is required. Although it’s hard to find an ace when the Boston Red Sox are hogging them all.


A playoff caliber season should not be expected for the 2017 Colorado Rockies, but take a look at them and their record in late July or early August, and if they are ten or fewer games behind in the NL West, don’t be surprised. Crazy things can happen when you’re a mile above the rest.