The huge Colorado Rockies front office shake-up that many thought would never come has finally arrived.
General manager Dan O'Dowd and assistant GM Bill Geivett are expected to step down, reports Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. The team will promote senior director of player development Jeff Bridich to the GM role, according to MLB's Thomas Harding.
Geivett will reportedly leave the organization entirely, while O'Dowd's status beyond no longer being the GM is uncertain. Rumors of his possible departure for the Atlanta Braves to work for his former boss in Cleveland, Jon Hart, were rampant earlier in the offseason.
The Rockies are coming off their second season of 96 or more losses since 2012 and have not had a winning season since 2010. In O'Dowd's 16 years as GM, Colorado appeared in the postseason twice and finished above .500 just four times.
Under the watch of O'Dowd, the Rockies built one of the best teams in the National League for a four-year stretch between 2007 and 2010, led by mostly homegrown talent with a few shrewd acquisitions sprinkled in. But since a September collapse in 2010, Colorado hasn't finished within 18 games of first place in the NL West.
Bridich will become just the third GM in Rockies history, after Bob Gebhard and O'Dowd. The 37-year-old graduate of Harvard began his baseball career in 2001, working in the commissioner's office until 2004, when he took a job with the Rockies. Bridich previously served as the club's director of baseball operations before stepping into his current position in September of 2011. Since then, the Rockies have drafted David Dahl, Eddie Butler, Jon Gray, Kyle Freeland and Forrest Wall in the first round and have, by most accounts, dramatically upgraded their farm system.
We'll have much more on this story in the coming hours and days.