Cheap Rockies owner mocking Padres' offseason spending is comedy gold

San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies
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The San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies are two teams heading in very different directions at the moment. While the Padres added Juan Soto and Xander Bogaerts to the roster in the span of just four months, the 68-win Rockies are preparing for another season at the bottom of the NL West.

While the signing of Kris Bryant last year may have signaled to some that they are going to be a win-now team, the moves that Colorado has made this offseason show that they are content to let San Diego and the Los Angeles Dodgers duke it out for NL West supremacy.

The Rockies have signed just two players to major league contracts this offseason, none of whom are hitters. Colorado brought back Jose Urena and his 4.80 career ERA on a one-year deal while signing Pierce Johnson, a garden-variety middle reliever, to another one-year contract. Is that George Steinbrenner over at Coors Field?

While San Diego does fit the usual "small market" classification, ownership has shown that the league is owned by a bunch of billionaires that could spend as much money as they want if they really wanted to gun for a championship. Monfort, naturally is upset this has come to light.

"What the Padres are doing, I don’t 100% agree with, though I know that our fans probably agree with it. We’ll see how it works out," Monfort said, via the Denver Post. "That puts a lot of pressure (on us)," Monfort said. "But it’s not just the Padres, it’s the Mets, it’s the Phillies. This has been an interesting year."

Dick Monfort's comments on the San Diego Padres are laughable.

Monfort is far from the only culprit in baseball ownership's lack of a competitive edge. The Guardians cut costs despite the fact they keep winning, the Rays have built a whole organizational ethos around being cheap, and the A's waited until January to sign an MLB free agent.

While most owners will just sit up in the luxury boxes and never give interviews as the try to reenact the plot of Major League (looking at you, John Fisher), Monfort is constantly sticking his foot in his mouth. How dare owners actually try to spend money and win? It just makes no sense!

Monfort might be fine with keeping the Rockies' payroll as low as possible and aiming for the lofty heights of .500 ball, but San Diego should be commended for declaring that those results are simply unacceptable.

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