Last week at the annual Winter Meetings, Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich gave away one of the essential parts to his plan. That plan's destination is the World Series but the plan itself has a player who didn't play a single game in the bigs as a cornerstone of it.
Enter left fielder David Dahl.
Dahl had a breakout rookie season in 2016, slashing .315/.359/.480 with seven homers, 24 RBI in just 63 games. He provided a spark in the form of consistency through his bat, speed and deft glove.
The issue is that Dahl has not swung a bat since July 31 or played in a Rockies uniform since Spring Training. Sidelined in the spring with what was initially thought to be slight back pain, his injury problems morphed into stress reactions in Dahl's ribcage and his 2017 season disappeared.
Dahl's injury may have haunted Colorado's sweet 2017 in some ways but if he can reemerge in 2018 the Rockies are in business.