We continue looking at the 30 MLB teams as they head into the 2021 season. And on this piece, we examine The State of the Colorado Rockies.
(Be sure to check out our corresponding video on The Laracuente Ledger Network YouTube channel. The State of the Colorado Rockies.)
Trading Away Nolan Arenado
Nolan Arenado is a franchise player; he’s one of the best defensive third basemen in history. And his offensive ability is no slouch either. But ever since his 8-year contract extension, the Colorado Rockies have seemed disinterested in winning games. Thus the long-awaited trading of Arenado was finally completed this year. And the Rockies as a franchise are going to be feeling the effects at the ticket office and in the NL West standings.
Minor League Signs Fill Out Roster
The Colorado Rockies would not find themselves competing to sign any major free agents. But they would make quite a few Minor League signings with invites to Spring Training. When teams bring on veterans with MiLB deals with ST invites, they are looking for a cheap way to fill out their roster. And much like other rebuilding teams like the Mariners, Pirates, and Rangers, the Rockies have brought in a ton of veterans to Spring Training. And the Rox are just hoping that some of them will have good Springs and can parlay that into trade assets at the deadline.
State of the Rotation
The Colorado Rockies have an underratedly solid four starters in the rotation. For Colorado, Kyle Freeland, Jon Gray, German Marquez, and Antonio Senzatela are good Major League starting pitchers. For the Rockies to maintain any semblance of success in 2021, it will begin with these four men. Now, the true question is, will all four of these men remain in a Rockies uniform at season’s end? My gut feeling is no. German Marquez is the most likely trade candidate for the Rox. And should Colorado fall out of contention early enough, we could see more names on the trading block.
State of the Bullpen
A few names in the Rockies bullpen have been heard before (Daniel Bard, Mychal Givens, and Scott Oberg.) However, outside of those names, very few are known outside of Colorado. Now, that’s not to say that they aren’t good; it’s just to say that they aren’t yet a proven commodity. Colorado is going to go through a very tough season in 2021. They are likely to be at the bottom of the National League West. And part of the struggles they will face will fall on a questionable bullpen.
State of the Offense
The state of the Colorado Rockies’ offense begins with the “Story” of a man named Trevor. With the aforementioned trading of Nolan Arenado, the Rockies’ offense will center around one man, Trevor Story. Yes, Charlie Blackmon should still be a productive player in 2021, but the offense lives and dies with Story. Sadly, however, the Rockies will be unable to aid Trevor in a winning effort truly. And Colorado will find themselves quickly out of contention; no matter what lies, the front office will try to tell to the contrary.
State of the Franchise
The Colorado Rockies are rebuilding. There’s little question of that fact outside of the narrative of the Rockies’ front office. However, for Rockies fans, there are some bright spots. But with the team rebuilding, it’s unlikely that those bright spots remain for very long. The next two trade commodities coming from Colorado will likely be German Marquez and/or Trevor Story. And once those players have been moved, it will be soon after that fans tune out. So there isn’t much hope in Colorado for the 2021 season or even a few years after that.