Rockies’ streak of rising payrolls likely ending in 2021

The business of baseball is rocky for the Rockies.

Owner Dick Monfort wrote in a recent letter to season ticket holders that “there will be nothing normal about this low season as the industry faces a new economic reality,” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. General manager Jeff Bridich echoed that thought Wednesday after non-tendered Rockies outfielder David Dahl, catcher Tony Wolters and righthanded Chi Chi Gonzalez.

“It’s fluid right now, but we know it’s not the same,” Bridich said when asked if the club’s payroll would shrink in 2021. “We will not have the same kind of growth-oriented outlook that we have had with payroll in recent years. We have a number of business decisions to make and we will most likely have to keep making them. “

The Rockies’ had a projected payroll of $ 150.5 million for 2020, the 12th highest in the majors, and that would have set a franchise record had the pandemic not happened. It would also have been the seventh consecutive season in which the club’s payroll increased, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts.

Wolter’s farewell. During his five seasons with the Rockies, Wolters was much loved by his teammates and became a fan favorite who will remember him for his buzz and for one of the greatest hits in franchise history. Wolters hit a game-winning, RBI single in the 13th inning of Colorado’s 2-1 over the Cubs in the 2018 wildcard playoff game.

“I will always look back on my time with the Colorado Rockies with fond memories,” said Wolters. “This is the team where I made my Major League debut and seen many of the firsts of my career. The fans were incredible to me and my family. I am very grateful for that.

However, I am excited about this next chapter and what it will bring. This is just another chance for me to learn from, work hard and make a difference in a new city. “

No comment. During Wednesday’s conference call with the media, Bridich was asked about the status of third baseman Nolan Arenado’s injured left shoulder, as well as the communication he allegedly had with Arenado since the end of the season.

“I understand his shoulder (rehab) is going well,” Bridich said. “But there is really nothing else to discuss in terms of the second part of your question.”