This little Rox loving community doesn’t always agree with one another, but I think one thing that we do all agree upon is that this coming offseason is critically important. We diverge after that. There are all sorts of thoughts/ideas/theories regarding exactly what the Rox should do this offseason. Mine are well documented. But regardless of what you think, this is the place where we should compile our offseason thoughts. I’m thinking we’ll ultimately need three Hot Stove threads. This first one, Phase I, is for October thru the Winter Meetings. Phase II will be post Winter Meetings until mid-February (pitchers and catchers report), and Phase III will be Spring Training.
Here are some key Phase I dates courtesy of ESPN:
Oct. 4 — MLB regular season ends
Oct. 6 — AL wild-card game (ESPN)
Oct. 7 — NL wild-card game
Oct. 8 — ALDS begins
Oct. 9 — NLDS begins
Oct. 16 — ALCS begins
Oct. 17 — NLCS begins
Oct. 27 — World Series Game 1 at AL ballpark
Nov. 4 — World Series Game 7 (if necessary)
Five days after WS — Free agency begins
Nov. 9-12 — GM meetings, Boca Raton, Fla.
Dec. 7-10 — Winter meetings, Nashville, Tenn.
Dec. 7 — Hall of Fame pre-integration era committee (through 1946) vote announced
I “think” the Rule 5 draft is at the end of the Winter Meetings (it was last year).
What I’ll be looking for in this first phase of the Hot Stove is what the Rox do to the 40 man roster. By most accounts, this is a “stocked” year for the Rule 5 draft. So not only do the Rox need to protect key rule 5 eligible guys within our organization, we also likely need an open spot for a selected player. Last year the Rox “shrewdly” selected Mark Canha and then flipped him to the A’s for Austin House (Canha had a really, really nice year for the A’s – House – not so much for the Rockies Farm).
Solely with the 40 man roster in mind, trading Cargo early makes sense. But the market for big fish historically takes awhile to develop, so this may not be possible.
A more likely scenario will be facing (hopefully) the harsh truth with our multitude of AAAA types like Wilin, Matzek, Brothers, Gurka, Herrera, etc. while simultaneously coming to grips with the sunk cost concept on guys like Logan and Reyes. Bottom line – the Rox suck, so there should be very few no-doubters on the 40-man.
Carry on gang!