Owner Dick Monfort, in a letter to season-ticket holders last week, vowed not to rest until the Rockies won a championship. His letter was predictably met with criticism from fans, who are frustrated with the team's back-to-back last-place finishes in the National League West.
Monfort met with his front office staff last week in Scottsdale, Ariz. No major changes are expected, though assistant general manager Bill Geivett could assume more traditional GM duties. Manager Walt Weiss' contract situation should be resolved soon, with the possibility that he receives a multiyear deal, or a one-year deal with a club option.
Regardless of who is in charge — which is always a hot-button issue for fans — the Rockies
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need better players. Monfort said that Michael Cuddyer is likely to play first base next season as the Rockies' look for a "big bat" for the outfield.
As I dissected the free agent class — Shin-Soo Choo is the top prize, but not in the Rockies' price range, and Nelson Cruz brings baggage and draft compensation — a trade must be explored.
Here's a name to file away given the need, the fit, and the Rockies' success in trading with Oakland in years past: Yoenis Cespedes.
ESPN's Buster Olney wrote that he expects Oakland to be proactive in seeking a trade this winter for Cespedes. He has two years and $21.5 million remaining on his contract. He misses chunks of games,
but the Rockies have some depth with Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson around. Cespedes brings power, belting 104 extra-base hits in his first two big-league seasons. The Rockies would have to part with top prospects, and, in my opinion, pitching and second baseman Josh Rutledge would be a good starting point.
The Rockies need power and athleticism. Cespedes doesn't solve all of their problems, but trading for him would go a long way in shaping a productive offseason.