Rockies sign Ron Gant for 1 year, $1.5
First of all, many teams wouldn't have the
intelligence to sign Gant for only a single year - give the Rockies
credit for that. Gant isn't an offensive weapon by any means -
he's one of the worst-hitting left fielders in the league. His
numbers will probably look superficially good this season, given his
new playing environment, but he still won't be a very good
hitter. What the Rockies are hoping for is good defense, which
is crucial in the large open spaces of the Colorado outfield.
There is a lot of disagreement on the quality of Gant's defense, but
at the very least his defensive statistics have been pretty
good. Gant as a hitter is not worth much, but the Rockies
needed another outfielder, and didn't have much money to spend given
their off-season signings so far. Gant fits their needs pretty
TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A
can't miss move; automatically makes the team
Home Run - A great move;
will help the team now and down the road.
Triple - A good move; plugs
a temporary hole or will help in the future.
Double - An average move;
team will get what they paid for.
Single - A head-scratcher;
could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out - A panic move; tells
fans "hey, we're trying..."
Double Play - A disaster;
will make fans angry just thinking about it.