The Colorado Rockies are never going to go after big-name free agents. They will never be in a bidding war with the Yankees and Red Sox for the highest priced players. Those days are over. After the failed signings of Mike Hampton and Denny Neagle, whom the Rockies spent nearly $175 million on in 2001, the franchise shifted gears and decided to build from within. That decision has paid off in two playoff appearances in three years, and one National League pennant. While the method has proven to be effective, there are still holes in the theory. The problem is that as the farm system develops players, the Major League squad must look outside the organization to fill the holes in which the young players are not ready to assume. That means that the Rockies must fill some of their largest h ...
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