Every MLB off-season sees several lower income teams suggest that their payroll will increase in the following season. I think they say this for several reasons but unfortunately it doesn’t always mean that the team is going to compete. This off-season has seen such a claim by the Colorado Rockies but in their case I believe a slightly higher payroll could make a big difference.
They have already used some money to make sure Jorge De La Rosa returns for 2014 and that is a big deal. In addition to that the powers that be in the Rockies front office have said that they plan on Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki returning not only next season but for a very long time to come. That is good news for the long term but especially for the 2014 season. If they spend their money on good pitching the way they plan to, there could be big season coming for the Rockies.
Their pitching was already much better this past season and one more quality start each time around the rotation could make a lot of difference for the long haul. What I am suggesting is that providing the offense stays healthy for the balance of the season, money spent on good pitching add-ons really could provide enough of a boost that the Rockies could battle for a postseason spot come next summer. That might seem like a stretch but they were right in the mix this year up until the mid-point. That could carry well over to the end of the season if they had more quality pitching.