David Dahl made his first All-Star team and gave Rockies fans a glimpse of hope until August
In 2019, the Rockies finally saw what they had hoped to see from Dahl in the first half of the regular season. Dahl spent the beginning of the season on the IL for a short period of time but was able to perform well enough to make his first All-Star game. But, after the break-in in early August, he suffered a severe high ankle sprain which required him to be carted off the field and miss the remainder of the season.
He finished the 2019 season hitting .302, slugged .524, hit 15 home runs, drove in 61 runs, and stole four bases in 100 games. The Rockies were able to get a glimpse of what a healthy David Dahl could look like, but he did not last the entire season. Last season, he had an abysmal regular season and played only 24 games.
Dahl struggled again to stay on the field during 2020 and missed nearly two-thirds of the shortened regular season. In those 24 games with the Rockies, Dahl hit .183, slugged .247, and was unable to hit a home run during the regular season for the first time in his career. When the Rockies non-tendered David Dahl, it surprised some fans because he was thought to be the future of the team once.
Dahl is still only 26-years-old and has the potential for a long career ahead of him if he was able to stay healthy. Dahl was set to earn around $2.6 million next season if he stayed in the arbitration process per Thomas Harding. So it was not like the Rockies could not afford to pay David Dahl, but rather a decision to move on from the injury-prone Dahl.
It seemed like the Rockies organization did not want to count on Dahl any longer because he has not played a full regular season yet. So the big question remains, should the Mariners pursue David Dahl this offseason?