A couple of months just after the Rockies traded Nolan Arenado to the Cardinals for fundamentally a bag of peanuts, the Padres once again reminded Colorado of their scrub position inside the Countrywide League West.
Although Colorado compensated the Cardinals $51 million to acquire a upcoming Corridor of Famer off its palms, San Diego locked up its franchise player, shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., with a 14-yr, $340 million contract extension. The offer fundamentally keeps the 22-yr-previous in San Diego for the entirety of his career.
Say what you want about the smarts of signing any player to that extended of a offer — that is a discussion for the Friar Devoted to have about the up coming 10 years-moreover. The simple fact is, San Diego is heading all in, whilst the Rockies acquire the cheap, cowardly route toward what could pretty properly be the franchise’s initial 100-decline period. Colorado is also most likely to trade off its very best player (all-star shortstop Trevor Tale) together the way.
Take into consideration Fangraphs’ preseason playoff odds. The Rockies are provided a .two% possibility to make the postseason, the cheapest odds in the majors outside the house of the Orioles. And Colorado has a .% possibility to earn the division and a matching .% possibility to earn the World Series.
Although the Dodgers re-loaded for a title repeat (signed reigning NL Cy Younger winner Trevor Bauer, re-signed third baseman Justin Turner) and the Padres produced a flurry of moves (Tatis moreover trades for aces Yu Darvish, Blake Snell), the Rockies front office environment is left pushing pipe dreams that the staff can really compete from those people two divisional powers, significantly considerably less the relaxation of the NL.
It is heading to be an additional extended summer time in LoDo. And as if the ineptitude at 20th and Blake essential an additional underscore, Tatis’ mega-contract (the third-most important offer in MLB background) is it.
— Kyle Newman, The Denver Post
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