Colorado Rockies 2013/14 Off-Season Preview

Strengths:  CarGo and Tulo.  Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki are both superstars in their prime.  The Rockies have other quality pieces, Nolan Arrenado being at the top of the list, but and a decent rotation given the home ballpark.  Despite the humidor, the Rockies will never be a destination for free agent pitchers, but they have two power arms in the minors that may be able to shine for the Rockies, problem is they are still another year or so away.

Weaknesses: Right side of the infield.  The biggest weakness is at first base and I am not completely sold on DJ LeMehieu.  Jordan Pacheco at first base is clearly not who they want to go into opening day with.  The bullpen could also use an extra arm or two, but it could be difficult to convince quality arms to head to Mile High.

Off-Season Needs:  First Base.  Corey Hart makes a ton of sense here.  He is a power bat that can play first or outfield (Michael Cuddyer isn’t exactly a spring chicken) and is looking for a one year deal after missing all of 2013.  The thin air at Coors Field might be the perfect spot for him, and the Rockies could benefit from another power bat.

2014 Projection:  There is talk of the Rockies moving Tulo, and if they do, they will probably lose about 90 games, but that also might not be a bad thing.  They have two excellent arms still a year away, and with Tulo inching toward free agency, a reload might be a smart move for this team.

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