Fire Sale – Time to Fix Our Beloved Losers

Our beloved ROX have officially sunk to all too familiar low levels (otherwise known as the Little League level) and our now distant April/May playoff hopes have been once again squashed by a gigantic sledge hammer.

So it’s call to action time for all RWOers. I want to know what you propose to do to get this franchise headed in the right direction. There are some great thinkers that contribute to this site on a regular basis. Take your time. Think out of the box. I don’t want to apply too many rules, but here are two general ones:

  1. Do not allow the Monfort factor to limit your thought process. This is about what YOU want to do. If you want a new Owner, then put that on your list.
  2. However, let’s continue to assume a responsible, mid-level major league payroll. So for the purpose of this exercise, let’s assume roughly 100M/year. Let’s also be “realistic” in trade scenarios.

 

My personal plan moving forward (disclaimer – I’m not much on tracking contracts – so please forgive me if my $$$ amounts are off. That being said, I think I’m generally in the proverbial ballpark):

  1. Sell team to someone with deep pockets like the Kroenke family or even Mark Cuban.
  2. O’Dowd and Geivett given a one way ticket out-of-town.
  3. New General Manager is hired (Thad Levine (Texas Rangers) or David Forst (Oakland A’s) would be my first two choices).
  4. Cargo is traded to Texas Rangers for Jurickson Profar (next year’s Rox 2nd baseman). Saves approximately 15M/year.
  5. Michael Cuddyer and Josh Rutledge are traded to the surprising Mariners for Lord Danny Farquhar (next year’s Rockies Closer). Saves approximately 12M/year, although we’ll have to help with Cuddyer’s contract for the remaining portion of this year.
  6. LaTroy Hawkins is traded to Anaheim Angels for mid-level minor league prospect(s). Saves approximately 2M/year.
  7. JDLR is dealt to a contender for mid-level minor league prospects. Saves 12M/year.
  8. I’m leaning towards keeping Tulo – primarily because of the SS vacuum in the high minor leagues at the moment. There are two guys that stand out to me. Francisco Lindor of the Indians (a team that doesn’t want Tulo’s contract) and Addison Russell of the A’s (another team that doesn’t want Tulo’s contract). So…….I keep Tulo.
  9. These moves have save approximately 40M to be applied to the 2K15 payroll.

 

Here’s what the roster looks like opening day 2K15:

1B – Justin Morneau

2B – Jurickson Profar

SS – Tulo

3B – NoDO

RF – Kyle Parker

CF – Jonathan Blackmon

LF – Corey Dickerson

C – Wilin Rosario

OF #4 – I’m signing Nate Schierholtz as a FA. It will take 5M.

OF #5 – Drew Stubbs or Brandon Barnes

Reserve Infielder #1 – DJ Lemahieu (I like him as a super defensive sub)

Reserve Infielder #2 – I’m signing a veteran corner player (a Corey Hart or Alberto Callaspo type). It will take 5M.

Catcher #2 – I’m signing either Kurt Suzuki or AJ Pierzynski as a FA. It will take 4M.

SP – Jordan Lyles

SP – Brett Anderson (I’m picking up his option)

SP – two of Eddie Butler/Jonathan Grey/Jhoulys Chacin/Tyler Chatwood

SP – this is my bold (or stupid) move. I’m overpaying for James Shields. It will take at least 25M.

Closer – Danny Farquhar from trade with Mariners

RP – Rex Brothers

RP – Adam Ottavino

RP – Chris Martin

RP – Tommy Kahnle

RP – Boone Logan

RP – Jonathan Grey if he doesn’t make the rotation.

I’ve now added approximately 40M back to the payroll.

Other moves I’m making:

  1. Moving our AAA affiliate out of Colorado Springs.
  2. Paying for the best available sabermetric geek AND the best oldtime scout available. These two guys will be in every front office meeting, sitting right next to each other.
  3. I’m going all in on sabermetrics for platooning players and defensive positioning.
  4. I’m going all in on minor league player development.
  5. My amateur draft philosophy will be draft the best player available, regardless of position or need.

Alright guys – this is my plan – what’s yours?

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Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Sdcarp, great conversation starter. Love the idea of getting Profar or some other young stud for Cargo. We have so many places to upgrade (everywhere except SS and 3B I guess) that I’d just swap him for the best prospect offer we can get. Of course he has to prove he’s healthy first; if he can’t before the deadline, you do it in the offseason. I’m not at all sold on Kyle Parker. Assuming Blackmon and Dickerson are actually starter… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

Need to hire a President (or Chief Officer of Baseball) to replace Kelli McGregor. Steve Young (that one of football QB fame) is my first choice.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

RMH, just curious. Why Steve Young? He’s a football hall of famer, he’s a lawyer, but any indication he’d be good at running a business? At making strategic baseball franchise decisions?

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

You would have asked the same questions for Kelli McGregor. Played tight end in football and did well in baseball office. All about accountability. Young is a winner and would remove under performers instantly unlike DOD.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago

My love of baseball is limited by the time I can commit to watching it. Since the Rox are on TV 162 days a year (yes, I watched some of the St. Louis broadcast today), I don’t have the time to follow the other clubs. It was great when I was a kid and there were only 9 other teams in the league and you played them all 18 times a season. Much easier to follow opposing players. We didn’t… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Bob, thanks for the “hire Agbayani as sabermetrics geek.” I think. I’m not so sure after reading “hire Frazier as pitching coach.” Hey, two know it alls would be better than a couple know nothings (O’Dowd and Geivett) so I’ll take it as a compliment after all …

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

It very much is a compliment. I always enjoy reading your posts.

roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago

Fantastic plan, sdcarp. I like all your roster moves, and it’s way more in depth than I could or want to come up with, so thanks. The major sticking point/flaw is point #1: you can’t force Dick to sell the team. Everything unfolds from the top, and that’s why they’re stuck stuck stuck in old ways. Ag’s note on Tulo: “…for goodness sake give the best player in baseball right now some help. Spend now, take it apart when Tulo… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Zero Improvement: (1) Nicasio. Best work was in his rookie season. Still no swing and miss pitch, no longer throws that hard; (2) Ottavino. Cards gave up on him even though he was a high draft pick with good velocity and a swing and miss slider because he was maddeningly inconsistent. Still the same. Reminds me of our previous King of the Hanging Slider Scott Dohmann: (3) Friedrich. Still shows good stuff every other hitter or so. In between he… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Two of baseball’s best prospects called up yesterday – Mookie Betts (2B-Red Sox) and Christain Bethancourt (C-Braves).

In my article I list one of my moves being trading Cargo to the Rangers for Jurickson Profar. It should be noted Mookie Betts is every bit as good (or better) and the Red Sox having a glaring OF need. Too bad Cargo is damaged goods.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

What Went Wrong, Part 1: The Facts. In 2009, it looked like the Rockies were set for the next half dozen years or so. We had 2 of the top 15 or so position players in baseball in Tulo and Cargo. Both were locked in for many years at affordable rates, and both were right at the start of what are usually a player’s prime years. We had our first ever true ace in Ubaldo, a young guy who threw… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I agree with your bullet points except half of “questionable draft choices”. Yes it was questionable back in the late 2000s. But our draft has turned for the better. David Dahl, Butler, Gray, Dickerson, Ryan McMahon (?), Kyle Parker (?), Arenado, Rutledge (? has potential but time running out on him),Rex Brothers, and Kyle Freeland (too early to judge but he’s ground ball pitcher with a four-pitch mix). So the questionable draft choices hopefully is a thing of the past.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

RMH, I agree. I just read a particularly stupid Kiszla piece about how much better the Cards are at drafting and developing pitchers. Nonsense. My take on the draft: O’Dowd has done fine overall. Tulo is the biggie, but Fowler/Iannetta/Arenado – those are three plus starters. Even Ian Stewart looked like a good pick till he decided he just doesn’t care. And Blackmon/Dickerson and Gray/Butler/Matzek are certainly promising. My reason #1 was the draft, but that wasn’t meant to be… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag,
Here’s a thought that’s often crossed my mine- why not hire one these upstart young GMs like Friedman or Daniels of the Rangers that’s looking for a new challenge? Make them team Prez and give them control of the entire baseball operation. Of course, that would require a creative-thinking owner.

Doc
Doc
6 years ago

Never talking just to yourself around here, Ag. I love to read all your comments and will continue to eagerly do so. I just don’t think documenting what has been evident to us for years will do a tinker’s damn toward alleviating the situation. Each area you list rests at the doorstep of management and the deaf/dumb/arrogant ownership that could care less about replacing a president that steered them to that lofty 2009 level you spoke of. Like I said… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Doc, you have a point!

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Anytime you reference Friedman in an article you have my attention. One of the maddening things to me is this…..even if you’re an Owner that doesn’t know much about baseball per se, you’re still a smart guy because you have to be worth about a billion dollars to own a MLB franchise, and you don’t get a billion dollars by being a dumbass. So what do you do if you embark upon an endeavor that you don’t know that much… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

It isn’t that difficult! O’Dowd himself was once one of those guys — hired here after he worked with John Hart to build the excellent Cleveland teams of the late 90s. Now that he’s worn out his welcome let’s try that whole thing all over again!

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