Ranking the Colorado Rockies’ 5 Biggest Offseason Needs

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Ranking the Colorado Rockies’ 5 Biggest Offseason Needs

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After a season that saw the Colorado Rockies overachieve at times only to fall to a last place finish, the front office has been active in attempting to help the team get better. They have brought in a lot of pitching, a new first baseman and new outfielders in an attempt to turn their mediocre seasons into real successful campaigns. Is everything they have done enough to help them get over the hump though?

There are a lot of things answered by the moves the Rockies have made but at the same time they have created more questions. They found someone to fill the first base job but will he rebound from previous down seasons? They have more pitching options but can they all achieve their full capability or will they fall apart once the season begins? How will Walt Weiss fair in his second season as Rockies manager?

These questions just lead to more uncertainty but luckily there are a few things that seem concrete. Weiss is clearly the right man to lead this team at least for now. Management instead of pouting about not having a huge payroll to work with is making a point to aggressively go after the players that they are capable of landing. Take a look at our top five offseason needs for the Rockies. Feel free to leave a comment below.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5 – Nolan Arenado Offensive Work

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Arenado wasn’t surprisingly good at third base as a rookie necessarily but it was possibly a little surprising that his glove far outshined his bat. The Rockies would be sitting pretty if Arenado put in the work this offseason to help ensure his offensive side looks in 2014 similar to how it looked in the minors. He could be one of the top two or three third baseman in the National League if this happens.

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4 – Justin Morneau Resurgence

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Morneau just hasn’t been the same player over the long-haul for the last few seasons dating back to a concussion. There were flashes of resurgence last season but then he kind of faded down the stretch for the Pirates. Whatever else happens the Rockies need Morneau to bounce back in a big way for them at first base.

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3 – Healthy Starting Pitchers

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Health problems are not a stranger to the Rockies. One area where they need to be healthy and stable is in their starting pitching. Even their recent trades could bring in more injury prone players. Last season went okay but they still had issues that helped the team stumble. Tyler Chatwood, Jorge De La Rosa and others have to stay healthy this season if the Rockies are going to get max potential out of their mound crew.

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2 – Need Risks to Pay Off

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Every single move the Rockies have made this offseason carries both risk and up-side potential. Brett Anderson could be a good inning eating starter or he could be injury prone. Morneau could be resurgent and prove how good he still can be or he could drop another rung on the ladder. For them to have a genuine chance at succeeding the Rockies need to have every risk pay off big time.

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1 – Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki to Stay Healthy

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Staying healthy might seem like a regular season thing but some of that can start in the offseason as well. From the first of the year when players start getting back into baseball shape and mindset, both of these guys need to do something different to help ensure they can survive the rough and tough baseball season. Without them the Rockies quite simply are sunk once again.

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