Rockies need an offensive makeover, but accomplishing it will be difficult

The Rockies’ offense is in a hard place as baseball’s offseason begins.

After a tepid performance during the pandemic-shortened season, there are more questions than apparent solutions as the Rockies look to reboot for 2021.

Yes, there are some in-house solutions, but the chances of the club making a major acquisition to boost the lineup via free agency appear slim.

Owner Dick Monfort forecasted that reality in a letter to season-ticket holders this past week.

“The financial losses incurred across baseball in 2020 are astounding, with losses at nearly $3 billion industry-wide and the average club losing nearly $100 million,” Monfort’s letter said. “It will take time to rebound, and in some cases, these losses will never be recovered. As a result, there will be nothing normal about this offseason as the industry faces a new economic reality, and each club will have to adjust.

“It will take all of us working together to face the uncertain months ahead with determination and hope, and then be ready for a 2021 season.”

Colorado’s list of problems is long, but it’s punctuated by the following key statistics:

*  The Rockies’ .311 on-base percentage ranked 25th in the majors and was the worst in franchise history.

* Their team OPS of .716 ranked 18th and was the worst in franchise history.

* They swatted only 63 home runs, ranking 22nd.

The Rockies are counting on rebound performances from a number of players, most especially from star third baseman Nolan Arenado, who hit a career-low .253 with a .738 OPS, while batting just .175 with runners in scoring position. Arenado will almost certainly bounce back — he’s too good of a hitter not to — but he can opt out of his eight-year, $260-million contract after 2021 the season, so questions about a possible trade will continue to linger into next year.

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