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Free agent options to fill out the 2018 Rockies bullpen

Rockies news and links for October 13, 2017

Greg Holland declines option with Rockies, will become free agent | Denver Post
Patrick Saunders summarizes yesterday's Holland news. He writes that Holland was happy in Colorado, and the Rockies liked having him on the team, so it's possible for Holland to return. Still, it's hard to imagine Holland and the Rockies coming to an agreement. He'll probably demand more money than the Rockies will be willing to pay, and he'll also likely ask for more years than the Rockies should give any reliever.

Pat Neshek and Jake McGee will also be free agents, so the Rockies will have some holes to fill in the bullpen. There will be a boatload of free agent relievers, but a lot of them are either old or aren’t very good—your Jason Mottes and Tom Wilhelmsens of the world. But there are a lot of intriguing options. Addison Reed, who is coming off of two consecutive seasons where he walked fewer than two batters per nine while striking out around a batter an inning, is probably the most attractive option. But there are a lot of free agents who could be valuable role players, such as players like Bryan Shaw, Joe Smith, and Anthony Swarzak.

It may not be any of these players, but we can be relatively sure that there will be at least one free agent acquisition for the bullpen this offseason, and it’ll probably be a new face rather than an old one.

BSN Rockies Podcast: How Holland opting out impacts Rox 2018 bullpen | BSN Rockies

Speaking of options, Drew Creasman discusses the Rockies' bullpen outlook after Greg Holland's opt out and as Neshek and McGee enter free agency.

Colorado Rockies history tournament: Unveiling the 16 finalists | Rox Pile
What’s your favorite moment in Rockies history? If it was that one time Preston Wilson singled against the Giants, you’ll be disappointed that it’s not included in this Rox Pile tournament. Minor moments like Game 163 and Nolan Arenado’s tarp catch pushed them out. Read about them here and vote for your favorites on Twitter.

As Rockies’ contracts expire, a look to the future | Mile High Sports
Chris Bohn reviews some of the decisions the Rockies will have to make this offseason. Like others, he suggests that Jonathan Lucroy may be the biggest and most important target this offseason.