Colorado Rockies doing nothing while the San Diego Padres revamp their team


It’s the same old story every offseason for the Colorado Rockies. Granted it’s mid-December and moves could still be in the works, but they have done literally nothing to sway the fan base that they are in it to win it. On the other hand, the division rival San Diego Padres are a trading machine right now, doing everything in their power to contend in the pitcher-friendly National League West. You would think after another dismal season that the Rockies would make some moves to improve their club. Wrong.

San Diego’s new general manager A.J. Preller is making quite the impact on team and the fan base. In a trade this morning, the Padres landed former D’Backs and Braves outfielder Justin Upton. Talk about a slash. Upton had a productive season last year for the Braves, hitting .270 with 29 home runs, and 102 RBI’s. Upton is also entering the final-year of his $14.5 million contract. That’s not the only trade(s) San Diego made to bolster their team.

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The Padres would also add 2013 AL  Rookie of the Year Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays. This move came a bit of a surprise to me as to why Tampa would dump Myers after two seasons. Myers struggled last season, hitting just .222 with 6 home runs and 35 RBI’s. The Padres would also acquire Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kemp regained his form last season, hitting .287 with 25 home runs and 89 RBI’s. San Diego added veteran catcher Derek Norris via the Oakland Athletics as well.

Meanwhile, the Colorado Rockies have done virtually nothing to improve their ball-club. Just minimal deals such as adding utility infielder Daniel Descalso, reliever Jairo Diaz, and right-hander Austin House. Not exactly the moves you need to compete in a tough National League West.

I am giving new Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich the benefit of the doubt right now since it’s his first year in control of the team. However, the team needs to do something within the next month or two to ensure the fans and the players that they are indeed committed to winning at 20th and Blake.