The Rockies are already quite confident that they have a team that could contend in the playoffs in 2018. As more pieces fall into place, we can start to see the final picture of a solid bullpen. With the signing of Bryan Shaw, Jake McGee, and catcher Chris Iannetta, GM Jeff Bridich seems determined to create the best bullpen he can. McGee says the team could stand to add another player, indicating his willingness to accept his role as a setup guy, so long as it’s for the good of the team. This additional player may be Greg Holland, Wade Davis, Alex Colome, or Zach Britton, in all of whom the Rockies have shown interest.
Some have criticized Bridich for seeming to focus on one thing only, neglecting other aspects of the team. The only offensive move made thus far has been bringing back Iannetta. Bridich is excited to welcome him back, but many are concerned about filling the hole left at first base. Bridich has defended his actions by indicating that a stronger bullpen needs to be in place to aid in run prevention. He’s not wrong, but we need to see some additions who can aid in run creation.
After three seasons with the Miami Marlins, catcher JT Realmuto has announced interest in leaving the team. Despite a couple rough years, Realmuto stepped up in 2017, swinging the bat well and proving to be a strong baserunner. As a young, fast, and affordable player, he could make for a good addition to the Rockies. It might take a couple of Rockies’ prospects to get him, but snagging Realmuto might add some much needed strength behind the plate.
The Rockies are rolling out and hitting the road to connect with fans once again. The Caravan will venture out from January 13 to January 20, traveling around the region to meet with fans. As yet, it is unknown who will be participating this year, but last year saw appearances from Bud Black, Chad Bettis, Jon Gray, DJ Lemahieu, Tony Wolters, and Trevor Story. This traveling event will take the place of Rockies Fest, as Coors Field is facing modifications, one of which is the new scoreboard.
Former Rockies player Nick Hundley will return to the San Francisco Giants again next year. Hundley won the Willie Mac Award last year. The Giants hope he will provide a consistent backup to Buster Posey.
Rumors are flying around about Yu Darvish, who has been meeting with a variety of teams this offseason. After taking meetings with the Twins and the Cubs, Darvish reportedly set his sights south to meet with the Astros and the Rangers. It is not clear yet where he will end up, but there are many teams interested.