The Colorado Rockies offseason has been full of surprises. They shocked the baseball world by signing “first baseman” Ian Desmond during the Winter Meetings, a move no one saw coming, and then followed it up by sneaking the signing of Mike Dunn past everyone until the day that he was going to be officially announced as a Rockie.
While there has been a few other minor moves made, like the signing of Alexi Amarista to replace Daniel Descalso, the Rockies offseason plans in some way feel unfinished. Whether it’s a trade to free up an outfield spot for Desmond followed up by the signing of more traditional first baseman, or continuing to bolster a bullpen that had its struggles last season, many feel that Jeff Bridich still has some work to do this offseason.
The good news is it doesn’t appear that Bridich is done. While it’s easy to look at a calendar and see that there is less than three weeks left till the Rockies catchers and pitchers report, and then assume that the Rockies roster is final, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
A couple of weeks ago, Thomas Harding reported that the Rockies could still make some moves, mainly in the bullpen, before Spring Training. One of the names mentioned was Greg Holland, who the Rockies have been connected to for the past month. That connection grew even stronger when the Rockies were rumored to be one of three finalists for Hollands’ services.
Even if the Rockies fail to sign Holland, there are still quite a few quality bullpen pieces available for the Rockies to sign this late in the offseason. Joe Blanton, Yusmeiro Petit, and Sergio Romo are just a few of the veteran relievers who are surprisingly still looking for a contract this offseason.
The Rockies could also take advantage of Chris Carter’s market not materializing and signing him to provide right-handed power off the bench as well as being a solid first base back-up in the event that Desmond is needed to play somewhere else on the diamond.
A trade seems unlikely at this point, though anything is possible. Unless someone meets the justifiably high asking price for Charlie Blackmon, the Rockies seem intent to wait and see how things go during the season before either dealing their veterans for more young pieces or pushing their own chips in in an attempt to compete this year.
Continuing to work deep into the offseason is not a new phenomenon for Jeff Bridich. Last year’s biggest offseason move didn’t happen until January 28, when Bridich packaged Corey Dickerson and Kevin Padlo in a trade to the Tampa Bay Rays for Jake McGee and German Marquez. While it will be tough for him to match the splash that he made at this offseason’s Winter Meetings, expecting another move or two from Brdich at this point may be wise.