The Colorado Rockies were very busy over the Winter and it should make them a better team on the field. Center fielder Willy Taveras was acquired in a trade with the Houston Astros and he’ll be the new starter for the Rockies. He hit .308 after the All-Star break last season and stole 33 bases for the year. He will definately make the Rockies a better team. The Rockies also brought in Javier Lopez to compete for the starting job at catcher. He had an off-year last season hitting .251 with only 8 homers, but one has to think Coors Field can help restore his power swing. John Mabry was brought in to compete for a reserve job on the Rockies. He’s very versatile and has a decent left-handed stick despite only hitting .205 last season for the Cubs. Alexis Gomez was brought in to compete for a reserve outfield job. He hit .272 in limited action with the Detroit Tigers last season, but he provided some key hits in the post-season for them. He also hits lefty and can play all three outfield positions.
The Rockies have brought in a lot of new pitchers to help build their pitching staff. The Rockies traded for veteran Rodrigo Lopez and expect him to be in their rotation. He had an awful year last season as he was 9-18 with a 5.90 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. The Rockies are hoping they are getting the 2004-2005 version of Lopez that was 29-21 for the Orioles. The Rockies also signed veteran Brian Lawrence who missed all of last season to compete for a job in the rotation. Lawrence pitched 5 seasons for the San Diego Padres and compiled a 49-61 record with a 4.10 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. The Rockies also brought in young starters Taylor Buchholz and Jason Hirsh from the Astros in the Jason Jennings trade. Taylor Buchholz was 6-10 with a 5.89 ERA, but his WHIP was only 1.25 as he had a problem giving up gopher balls. Hirsh was 3-4 with a 6.04 ERA for the Astros, but he dominated in AAA as he was 13-2 with a 2.10 ERA. Both Hirsh and Buchholz will be in the Rockies rotation in the future. LaTroy Hawkins was signed by the Rockies to pitch in the 7th and 8th innings. He was 3-2 with 16 holds and a 4.48 ERA for the Orioles last season. The Rockies have also brought in Danny Graves, Dave Veres and lefties Eric DuBose and Mike Gallo to battle for spots in the bullpen.