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History lesson: Why the Rockies don’t attempt to sign free-agent aces

The Rockies, coming off a disappointing 71-win season, desperately need quality starting pitching. Their starters’ 5.56 ERA this past season says so.

For most teams, this would be a good winter to add a cog to the rotation. The free-agent class is deep and talented, with Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, Madison Bumgarner and Hyun-Jin Ryu topping the list. Plus, there are a number of solid pitchers making up the second tier.

So, why as this week’s winter meetings commence in San Diego, will the Rockies likely be wallflowers in the free-agent dance?

The easy answer is money.