On the heels of their puzzling trade of Dexter Fowler to Houston, a trade seemingly done to clear payroll space, the Rockies have announced that they signed first baseman Justin Morneau to a two-year, $13 million contract. Though the Rockies had been in pursuit of Morneau for a few weeks now, one can't help but see them as inextricably linked, making the Fowler trade even more of a disaster than it already was.
Let's assume for a minute that the Morneau deal and Fowler trade have nothing to do with each other. That might be hard to do since Fowler was slated to earn $7.85 million in 2014 and Morneau will earn almost exactly that same amount, but try and play along. In signing Morneau, the Rockies just spent $13 million on a first baseman who has been worth 0.4 fWAR over the last three seasons combined. This isn't Morneau the former MVP the Rockies are getting, though maybe they think they are.no comments