MLB: Rating the front offices of the NL West

July 17, 2020; Los Angeles, California, United States; Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman watches game action during an intrasquad game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
July 17, 2020; Los Angeles, California, United States; Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman watches game action during an intrasquad game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /
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Colorado Rockies

Jeff Bridich, Senior VP and GM: -0.1

Easily Bridich’s most important move was a simple, logical one. He signed Trevor Story to an arbitration-avoiding two-year extension worth $27.5 million. Other than to the extent that Nolan Arenado is unhappy with being signed to his own eight-year, $260 million deal through 2026, that basically stabilized the Rockies’ core.

The question continues to be whether that core is good enough. Bridich made 22 moves influencing his team’s talent base, and they did almost literally nothing to change the team’s talent base. That’s a problem because this was a 71-91 team a year ago.

Aside from the signing of Story, none of the moves were especially profound.

Colorado’s rookie crop was particularly undistinguished. Bridich made use of seven first-year players in 2020, but only one of them actually helped the team. That lone productive player was infielder Josh Fuentes, who hit .306 in 103 plate appearances with 17 RBIs and a .759 OPS. That yielded a +0.7 WAA.

As a group, however, the rookies cost the Rockies 1.4 games.

Bridich was mostly a window-shopper at the trade market. He acquired only three players in trades – Kevin Pillar, Tyler Kinley, and Mychal Givens – none of whom moved the talent needed by more than two-tenths of a game.

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Here is a summary of the Colorado Rockies front office since 2016.

  • 2016:     +1.7
  • 2017:     -1.4
  • 2018:     -4.1
  • 2019:     -9.3
  • 2020:     -0.1