How bad can the Colorado Rockies get? As the trade deadline approaches and owner Dick Monfort appears committed to keeping Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez in the silver and purple, Colorado Rockies fans can only watch as the franchise continues to take on water. Instead of wondering when winning baseball will return to Denver, many of us are left wondering when the franchise will reach bottom.
The combination of a screwy front-office structure, injuries, and investing too much into one or two players is finally coming to a head in the Mile High City. While fingers are pointed back and forth in an effort to pin the blame, the Colorado Rockies continue to do what they’ve done best for the past four seasons. Lose.
Now having won just 18 of their last 53 games, the Rockies have gone from bad to worse. Injuries to the majority of their rotation, Nolan Arenado, an aging Michael Cuddyer, and now veteran slugger Justin Morneau have become the salt in an ever growing wound.
Getting the Colorado Rockies turned around won’t be an easy task. But it has to start somewhere, and the time is now. Troy Tulowitzki is a fan favorite. When he signed his 10-year deal in 2010, he became the franchise’s next Todd Helton. With $118 million guaranteed after this season, Tulo has also become a part of the problem.
The Yankees will be looking for a shortstop after this season. Maybe you can help them get a jump on their future by shopping Tulo. The Braves are contending for a division title this year, and having shipped Dan Uggla out, they’ve got room and a vacancy in the infield that Tulo would fill. Regardless of where he goes, he needs to go.
Next up is Carlos Gonzalez. If there is currently a strength in the Rockies clubhouse, it’s their outfield. Carlos Gonzalez is still owed $58 million. While he too is a rock star in Denver, his contract eats up a lot of Colorado’s flexibility. Flexibility that would allow Colorado to pursue 2015 free agents like James Shields, Jon Lester and if we can dream for a second, Max Scherzer.
They should also look to offload Michael Cuddyer. While he has been fun to have around in Colorado, his age and fragility are catching up to him. Colorado must start looking to the future, and Cuddyer isn’t a part of it.
Colorado should spend the rest of this season grooming for the future. Getting rid of big contracts, giving prospects like Jon Gray big league experience, and resembling something like Theo Epstein’s Cubs. The rebuilding road will be long and test the franchise’s patience and resolve. But the Cubs and the Rockies have both won 40 games this year, and only one of those teams appears to be heading in the right direction.