Thomas Harding breaks down a very large list of possible candidates for the Rockies manager position. Quite a few of the usual suspects populate the list, but there are also a few whose names have not been discussed yet. It does seem apparent that Jeff Bridich is going to do what the Rockies failed to when they hired Weiss: have an extensive and large pool of candidates.
The Rockies farm system had another good year in 2016. While there were a few disappointments, they were easily outnumbered by the positives. MLBpipeline.com picked David Dahl to be the Rockies Prospect Player of the Year and German Marquez to be the Rockies Prospect Pitcher of the Year. Both moved much quicker through the system than most expected while having great years.
I sure hope that the Rockies at least try. The idea of bringing in another Nick Hundley at this point simply because of veteran status boggles my mind, and I hope Bridich sees it the same way. Both Murphy and Wolters are capable young catchers and if they still need guidance, that should be accomplished through coaching, not through a veteran taking playing time away from better players.
In news that should come as a surprise to no one, the Rockies had a bad bullpen last year. What may be a surprise is that the Rockies are intent on improving it in the offseason. How the team sets out to do that, well...
The bullpen had the worst ERA in baseball overall, as well as the worst in high leverage situations, so changes need to be made. However, the only surefire change right now is that lefty Boone Logan is set to leave in free agency. Last year Bridich tried to patch together the bullpen by scouring the free-agent bargain bin, bringing in scrapheap relievers like Chad Qualls (5.23 ERA, 6.06 K/9) and Jason Motte (4.94 ERA, 9.13 K/9) to middling results. Though there are plenty of relievers available on the free agent market this year, it’s hard to imagine convincing many of them to come pitch at Coors, even if all of them were in the team’s price range.