With an eye on the present, Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich has taken care of the pressing matters in the past month. He brought back a Rockies original, catcher Chris Iannetta, and he revamped the bullpen by not only retaining lefty Jake McGee, but also by luring right-hander Bryan Shaw and closer Wade Davisoff the free-agent market.
Now comes the challenge of deciding if the time has arrived for Colorado to do some serious soul-searching about the long-term picture, with the focus on Nolan Arenado.
Arenado is the personification of the Rockies. He’s the underdog who keeps coming out on top. Playing in what Curt Gowdy referred to as the “forgotten time zone,” (Mountain time), Arenado might not get the hype of a Mike Trout or a Bryce Harper, but he has earned the attention.
And Colorado is well aware of that. That’s why the Rockies have to be asking themselves if the time is right to sit down and work out a multiyear deal that would keep Arenado in a Colorado uniform for seven, eight, nine, maybe even 10 more years.