The Rockies didn’t do much to improve themselves but they might not have had to based on last season. The biggest move the Rockies made was signing 2B Marcus Giles to a minor league contract. If he wins the starting job he could rebound from the poor season he had with the Padres last year. Infielder Matt Kata and veteran outfielder Scott Podsednik are both in camp on minor league contracts and they will have a chance to make the Rockies out of spring training but the odds are against them.
Kip Wells and Josh Towers will battle for the #5 starter job in spring trainging with Franklin Morales and Mark Redman but don’t expect any miracles. Luis Vizcaino will take over LaTroy Hawkins’ bullpen role last season and he should be a minor improvement. Veterans Micah Bowie and Victor Zambrano will have a shot to make the team out of spring training but they are long shots.
OFF SEASON GRADE FOR THE FRONT OFFICE: C-