Everything you need to know about the Jake McGee signing, which still hasn't been confirmed by the club.
News broke early Wednesday that the Rockies and 2017 closer Greg Holland were "closing in" on a deal. By the end of the day, they were still not quite there. Were the Rockies to secure Holland, their bullpen rebuild would be essentially complete before the calendar even flipped to 2018. There is risk that Holland would command a high price tag in dollars and/or years, but after years of austerity there should be at least some measure of confidence in the front office being willing to open the pocket book to extend this contention cycle as long as possible. (Consider this your semi-regular reminder: the best way to do that would be to extend Nolan Arenado, but I'm just a frog sipping some tea).
With the signings of Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee, the Rockies seem to be just about done checking off all the items on their Winter Meetings shopping list. Will it be enough? There are still a couple days left of the Meetings...
The most valuable currency in Major League Baseball is young starting pitching. The Rockies rode a cabal of rookie and sophomore starters to the National League Wild Card in 2017. So while it should come as no surprise that the Rockies don't plan on parting with them, it was a strange comfort to know that other teams are interested in the likes of Jon Gray, Tyler Anderson, German Marquez, Kyle Freeland, Antonio Senzatela, and Jeff Hoffman.
The Rockies remain in the mix for smooth first baseman Carlos Santana to help bolster a lineup that, by some measures, was one of the worst in franchise history in 2017. General manager Jeff Bridich remains confident that MVP candidate Charlie Blackmon, plus the return of rookie-sensation David Dahl from injury, will be enough to produce runs for a team that hopes to contend yet again in 2018. Consider me in the skeptical camp on that one.
It may have slipped past your radar last week but the Rockies (at least partially) plugged the hole at catcher by signing Chris Iannetta to a two-year deal. What remains to be seen is whether they're completely satisfied with that arrangement. Christian Espinoza explores the ramifications if they are.
And this is why it matters. If the Rockies are going to contend, they can’t afford to fall behind the rest of the teams in the big leagues with their catching corps.
Around the NL West
Jim McLennan has a great breakdown of this rumor from the Dbacks' perspective. From the Rockies perspective, this can only be good news (unless you're Trevor Story). Getting Zack Greinke out of the division would mean one less great pitcher to face multiple times each season, but, considering the size of his contract, it's unlikely that Arizona would get much talent back in return. Greinke was signed (mostly on a whim) by the previous front office regime in Arizona, so it's possible the current brass don't see a path to long-term contention with him on the roster. If a deal does go down, make sure to high five your nearest Rockies fan.
"If you’re looking to add power, you have to zig when they’re expecting you to zag, imo." In addition to what you get when you take one 80-grade tool and combine it with four 30-grade tools Billy Hamilton, they are also still interested in signing Jay Bruce. These are the new San Francisco Giants, ladies and gentlemen. Look upon them and despair.
Linked just to show you how little the Dodgers are up to these days. Ominous, if you ask me.
The Padres have reached an agreement with the New York Yankees to receive Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell. I could be wrong, but I'm not sure this is an adequate back-up plan for not signing Shohei Otahni.