The Colorado Rockies entered the 2014 regular season with six outfielders on their roster. That seems crazy, right? What if I told you that they seem to be laying the groundwork to follow that exact same plan next season?
That seems to be the way that their roster is shaping up for 2015. If the team did decide to shuffle things around or move one of their outfielders, they would have options. Specifically, they might be able to explore trades for guys like Carlos Gonzalez or Drew Stubbs.
Having already declined that option at last month’s trade deadline, the Rockies could still go that route this winter. If not that, they could take the chance to part ways with Cuddyer when his contract is up at season’s end.
They probably won’t go that route either, or at least they will attempt to keep the veteran. Nick Groke of the Denver Post writes the following about the team’s intentions this winter with Cuddyer:
The Rockies have indicated they want Cuddyer back next season, but it’s not clear at what price.
“I would like to figure out a way to keep him,” club owner Dick Monfort said in July. “He brings value to this team.”
The value alluded to here, besides the punch he brings offensively, is Cuddyer’s veteran leadership in the locker room. The question that the Rockies have to consider is whether or not that value is worth paying for when the franchise looks to be in rebuilding mode for the foreseeable future.