Transaction Analysis

Rockies sign Ron Gant for 1 year, $1.5 million

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 well.

Triple Steal Rating: Double

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TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A can't miss move; automatically makes the team considerably better.
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.

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