Kris Bryant is headed out to the Rocky Mountains.
The former MVP and World Series champion inked a seven-year, $182 million deal with the Colorado Rockies last night.
This move is puzzling for many Rockies fans, as it was just over a year ago that the Rockies traded away Nolan Arenado to the St. Louis Cardinals along with $51 million in exchange for a few young players, none of which were top prospects Nolan Gorman and Matthew Liberatore.
Yet now, Colorado has opened their pocketbook and have brought in Bryant on a rather expensive deal, after basically being robbed by the Cardinals in the Arenado deal.
The Rockies traded Nolan Arenado and $51 million to the Cardinals only to go out and sign Kris Bryant for $182 million a year later.
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) March 16, 2022
Why This Move Makes No Sense
It’s also confusing why Bryant chose Colorado of all places, when teams such as the Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres, who have a decent shot at winning in 2022, were also in on him.
But the Rockies are clearly not in a position to win, so it’s baffling why they even tried to go after Bryant.
The team isn’t completely devoid of talent, but with Trevor Story likely departing, there’s a good chance that the Rockies will remain well out of contention in 2022.
After all, they’ve got the Padres, the San Francisco Giants, and the Los Angeles Dodgers to contend with.
One move isn’t going to miraculously make them a postseason contender, even one such as this.
They’ll need much more if they plan on even coming close to competing for the postseason in 2022.
Colorado went 74-87 in 2021, finishing under .500 and near the bottom of the NL West for the third straight year.