After two straight winning seasons, the Colorado Rockies finished a disappointing 71-91 in 2019. Despite playing their home games at Coors Field, the Rockies were only ninth in runs per game (5.15) and owned the worst team ERA (5.56) in the National League.
The Rockies will surely be looking for reinforcements this year, which can include a boost to their starting rotation as well as some new bats to revitalize their offense. Here are three free agents the Rockies should consider signing before the 2020 MLB season.
3. Yasmani Grandal, Catcher
After declining a $16 million option for 2020, Yasmani Grandal became an unrestricted free agent, and should draw several suitors this winter after finishing the 2019 season with 28 home runs – the third most among MLB catchers. Grandal is reportedly being pursued by the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds, although his power would play very well in the confines of Coors Field. He owned an impressive .380 on-base percentage (OBP) last season, and he is arguably the best free-agent catcher on the MLB market this offseason, which has perennially been a place of weakness in the Rockies' lineup.
2. Justin Smoak, First Baseman
The Rockies played musical chairs at first base this past season, and one of the players who manned the position, Yonder Alonso, is also a free agent. There are a number of possibilities to improve the position in free agency, with former Toronto Blue Jay Justin Smoak being one of the more affordable options. Smoak had a down season for the Jays, but he is just three seasons removed from hitting a career-high 38 homers. Smoak provides the Rockies with a lefty power bat in their lineup, after Daniel Murphy had a mostly disappointing first season in Colorado.
1. Kyle Gibson, Starting Pitcher
Of course, the Rockies can always improve their rotation, which regressed after a rare positive season in 2018. Kyle Gibson may have struggled in the second half of this past season, but he is still a reliable rotation piece who has averaged 178 1/3 innings over the past two seasons. Gibson also averaged a career-high strikeout per inning last season (1.00), while keeping his walks relatively down. It's uncertain how he would fare at Coors, as he has never pitched there in his seven-year MLB career, but the Rockies are sure to inquire about the 32-year-old arm's services as they attempt to improve their pitching for 2020 and beyond.
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