Rockies Mailbag: Is current team “Generation-R” Part II? Making sense of Shohei Ohtani deal

Denver Post sports writer Patrick Saunders with the latest installment of his Rockies Mailbag.

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It’s wild to me that tickets for the home opener are still available. But it’s hard for me to pony up $80 to go see this team play. Why aren’t we doing what the Broncos are doing and going into a full-blown rebuild mode? It’s not like we have a great foundation to build upon. A 100-loss season with another one on the horizon doesn’t exude a lot of confidence. Revamp that front office, keep just our young prospects, trade everyone else for prospects, and bring back that Generation R vibe. We rebuilt and made the World Series in a few years after we did that in the mid-2000s. 

— Franklin K., Lakewood

Frank, I’ve thought about this a lot. I’ve also looked into the comparisons with the “Gen-R” team that eventually went to the World Series in 2007.

I started covering the Rockies in the summer of 2005 when I left the Broncos beat. The Rockies were terrible in ’05 (67-86) and a little better in ’06 (76-86). But there was some young talent starting to bloom: Matt Holliday, Brad Hawpe, Garrett Atkins and Troy Tulowitzki, who made his debut in late 2006. Future Hall of Famer Todd Helton was the veteran anchor.

The ’06 pitching staff featured starters Jeff Francis, Aaron Cook and Josh Fogg, as well as closer Brian Fuentes.

That “Generation R” game plan was very similar to what the Rockies are trying to do now. The problem is that the current Rockies desperately need new starting pitching. General manager Bill Schmidt has been stockpiling pitching prospects in hopes of finding quality. We’ll see how it plays out.

The Rockies have already seen left-handed prospects Ryan Rolison (the Rockies’ top pick in 2018), Sam Weatherly (a third-rounder in 2020) and Helcris Olivarez (from the Latin American program) undergo shoulder surgeries and they are not in the club’s immediate plans.

At some point, general manager Bill Schmidt is going to have to pull off a bold trade to spark the current rebuild.

Hi Patrick, I’ve been perturbed ever since the Shohei Ohtani signing. I want your opinion on clubs’ ability to defer massive amounts of money to subvert the luxury tax. I realize that the Dodgers didn’t break any rules, but it seems to me that the rich keep getting richer, making it more difficult for mid-market teams to compete. Do you think MLB would ever change the rules? I think teams should have to pay now and pay later … maybe 60% & 60% (yes, I know that doesn’t add up to 100%). Am I just bitter because I am a fan of a small/medium market team?

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