The Colorado Rockies and relief pitcher Wade Davis have agreed to a deal, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. The deal is for three seasons and worth a total of $52 million.
Davis, 32, put together another remarkable season last year for the Chicago Cubs. Before a disastrous second half of the season, Davis had a 1.46 ERA in 27 innings before the all-star break. In his third consecutive all-star season, Davis collected 32 saves in his first and only season in a Cubs' uniform.
Davis will join an already deep bullpen in Colorado that features top relievers Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee. Not only does the Rockies' bullpen include some of the best relievers in the game, the organization has over $106 million committed to relievers.
Davis will likely be the closer next season for the Rockies but there is a chance there may be some competition in spring training. Even though the Rockies made the playoffs as a wild-card team last season, they suddenly have become stronger and look to compete with the World Series runner-up Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West Division.
The Colorado Rockies should offer veteran outfielder Carlos Gonzalez a new contract after a below-average played 2017 season. The 31-year-old's seven-year, $80 million contract is coming to an end. After making $20 million this season, Gonzalez is expected to ask for at least $15 million annually over a span of multiple years.
Gonzalez has had multiple phenomenal years in the mile-high city, but last year, he was not his all-star self. Last season, he hit .262 with 14 home runs and 57 RBIs in 470 at-bats. Saber metrically, Gonzalez had a -0.2 WAR and in an outfield, he had a .986 fielding percentage.
I think Gonzalez earns a new deal with the Rockies. Despite a sub-par season, Gonzalez would provide a veteran presence in the clubhouse with a lot of youngsters, such as Brendan Rodgers, Ramiel Tapia, and David Dahl, waiting in the wing.
Next season, Gonzalez is expected to have a breakout season. He may use his 2014-2015 seasons as an example. In 2014, he played in 70 games during an injury-played season, when he hit .238 with 11 home runs and 38 RBIs. He also had a career worst -0.7 WAR. In his 2015 season, the Venezuela native hit .271 with 40 home runs and 97 RBIs. He also won the silver slugger award.
If history re-occurs, I think he is in line for an all-star season. He was a partial contributor to the Rockies' playoff berth this season.
Many may disagree with me that Gonzalez should be wearing Purple and Black next season, but the end result may be worth another chance for Gonzalez. If the Rockies do not want to commit to a long-term deal with CarGo, they could offer him a qualifying offer, which is worth $17.4 million next season.
If he declines the qualifying offer, it will be beneficial for the organization. They would be owed a first-round pick in the 2018 MLB Amateur Draft. If he accepts the offer, they would lose their #22 pick.
If they want to go the long-term route with Gonzalez, the Rockies should offer him a three-year deal worth a total of $48 million.
The Colorado Rockies have acquired catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the Texas Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later, per Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
The Rockies have been looking for catching help for a while now. Acquiring Lucroy solves their issue. Lucroy is a better catcher offensively than their current catchers, Ryan Hanigan and Tony Wolters.
The Rockies find themselves 60-45 this evening and hold possession of a wildcard spot. They have a six game lead over the Chicago Cubs. Barring any last minute shenanigans, the Rockies have a solid chance to reach the postseason. Adding Lucroy will only put them in a positive direction.
Lucroy, 31, has only played for the Rangers since they acquired him last year at the trade deadline. With the Rangers in sell mode, packaging Lucroy to Denver is a smart move, since he is a free agent after the season. Lucroy this year is batting .242 with 4 HRs and 27 RBIs.