Major League Off Season Report Card (Rockies)

Moves so far

Jorge De La Rosa (Photo credit Wikipedia)

  • Exercised SP Jorge De La Rosa’s $11 million club option
  • Signed RP LaTroy Hawkins to a one-year, $2.5 million deal
  • Acquired SP Jordan Lyles and OF Brandon Barnes to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Dexter Fowler and a player to be named later
  • Signed 1B Justin Morneau to a two-year deal worth $13 million
  • Acquired SP Brett Anderson and cash from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for RP Drew Pomeranz and Pitching prospect Chris Jensen
  • Signed RP Boone Logan to a three-year, $16.5 million deal
  • Acquired center fielder Drew Stubbs from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for RP Josh Outman
  • Acquired RP Franklin Morales and pitching prospect Chris Martin from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for INF Jonathan Herrera

Rumor Mill

  • Interested in OF Nelson Cruz
  • Interested in RP Ryan Madson

The Rockies annually have one of the worst pitching staffs. Coors Field is probably the hardest ballpark to pitch in, making it tough to find pitchers who can be consistent. Their bullpen was statistically the worst in baseball a year ago, and they have certainly tried to fix that this offseason.

The Rockies have brought in several new relievers, along with a few starters, to try to fix their pitching staff. They signed the ex-Yankee Boone Logan, and Latroy Hawkins, and traded for franklin Morales, all solid relievers who should be assets for the Rockies. They brought back Jorge De La Rosa, who has proven that when healthy, he can be a solid pitcher in Coors. They also acquired both Jordan Lyles, and Brett Anderson in separate trades.

Lyles comes off his rookie season with the Astros. He showed potential last year, but struggled to keep the ball in the park. Fly ball pitches really succeed within Coors, and this trade may end up hurting them. Brandon Barnes comes over as well, he has struggled to hit consistently in his first two seasons in the Majors. The Rockies lost OF Dexter Fowler in this trade, who was one of the biggest surprises last year. Fowler is a solid player, but not irreplaceable.

Brett Anderson is a pitcher who knows how to keep the ball down. As a groundball pitcher, he fits the mold of the type of starter you want at Coors. The problem is, he is constantly injured, missing major time in the last three seasons. He showed real promise with the Athletics, but injuries have marred his career thus far. Anderson is still young, and maybe a change of scenery will change his luck.

Rockies have also attempted to improve their lineup, bringing in Drew Stubbs and Justin Morneau. Neither of these players have seen much success the last few years. Both came at a decent price though. Morneau is a former MVP, and in the comfortable confines of Coors, he may be able to find his stroke once again. Stubbs can be a nice power speed combo if he can start to make solid contact again. He won’t be a great player, but Rockies don’t need a great hitter, they just needed to add a few solid pieces.

Despite the questionable trade for Jordan Lyles, the Rockies have definitely improved this offseason. Their Bullpen looks like it will be a lot better, and they added a few solid hitters to help out Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez.

Rockies get a B, they didn’t do anything major, but at least they improved.

If Rockies make any moves, an update will be posted.

Next team up is the Dodgers.

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