Now that the Colorado Rockies have made what is likely to be their biggest acquisition of the offseason, bringing in Daniel Murphy to play first base and add some consistency to the offense, the question is whether or not they have a roster that can stand to compete for the NL West in 2019.

Without knowing still how the rest of the league will shake out, especially while waiting to see what the Los Angeles Dodgers are up to, we can begin to speculate on the overall potential of the Rockies lineups, especially if we allow ourselves to analyze multiple permutations of it.

There are a few key elements to consider when contstructing these lineups for next season. The primary ones concern Charlie Blackmon’s age and ability to play centerfield moving forward, David Dahl’s health, Ian Desmond’s ultimate value, and the general progression (or lack thereof) of the young contingency featuring Raimel Tapia, Garrett Hampson, and Ryan McMahon. We will hold off for now on projecting lineups with Brendan Rodgers in them.

As it is constituted this very moment, Colorado can throw out some typical or creative lineups that can be tweaked throughout the year.

While on the surface level, it may not seem like much has changed from a year ago, how these players are employed will matter a great deal to that equation.

Let’s begin with a scenario most resembling what we have already seen.

If you believe that Blackmon is at his best leading off, value contact in the two-hole, and want to lean on veterans while young guys prove their value. This is a likely early-season lineup:

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Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of   Education: Studied Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Colorado along with Music History and Composition.   Career: After six years as an independent musician and doing sporadic political work, I began to write about the Colorado Rockies for PurpleRow.com in the winter of 2013. Three years later, I came to BSN Denver to run the Rockies content. In short time, I found myself interviewing GM Dan O’Dowd and forging relationships with countless individuals in and around the organization.   A few highlights include hosting the only daily Rockies talk show in the world, a podcast that has welcomed Nolan Arenado and Jon Gray among others, and our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2017 Wild Card Game. I’ve also been a regular on 850 koa, 104.3 The Fan, Mile High Sports Radio and numerous podcasts.   Most Memorable Sports Moment: Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS. Ubaldo Jimenez, blackout, and the Rockies win their first postseason series.   The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.   One sports movie I can’t live without: One!? Just one!? Ok … Sugar. But Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights come incredibly close.   Most memorable experience as a reporter: Either the aforementioned Arenado interview or, and this is an odd one, spending time swapping stories with other reporters at Marc Stout’s going-away party.   The sport that started it all: Clearly baseball. I’ve been watching baseball since before I can actually remember watching baseball. It’s just always been a part of me. I can still recall the feeling of wanting to be old enough to play T-ball. I love other sports, but I had loved and played baseball for years before I was even aware anything else existed.