It seems as if nobody saw this coming, especially given that the Rockies are nowhere near becoming a contender again anytime soon.
The entire baseball world has been left in shock over this deal.
Buster Olney of ESPN echoed everybody’s sentiments last night, stating that the shock level on a scale of 1 to 10 had gone all the way up to 11 over the deal Bryant signed, given that nobody in their right minds ever saw this coming.
On a scale of 1 to 10, the industry shock over the Rockies’ deal with Kris Bryant has been turned up to 11.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) March 16, 2022
What Were The Rockies Thinking?
It still is shocking that this deal ended up happening.
It’s good for the Rockies to go out and get a star, but after sending a bunch of money to the St. Louis Cardinals as a part of the Nolan Arenado trade last year, $51 million to be exact, it’s puzzling why Colorado has chosen to gut their pocketbook for Bryant, especially when they are still paying a hefty portion of Arenado’s contract.
Again, Colorado is not a good team, and they are nowhere near getting anywhere close to contention anytime soon, so the move is puzzling.
Owner Richard Monfort has made some questionable decisions for the Rockies over the past few years, but this one is right up there with taking on the vast majority of the money in Arenado’s contract and also sending the Cardinals over $50 million when they barely got anything in return.
What people are wondering is why waste money on Bryant when you’re a small market team that already appears to be somewhat strapped for money?
This will go down as one of the more confusing moves in recent baseball history.