As 2017 wraps up, there are still plenty of rumors swarming around the Rockies offseason plans. Several of these have to do with acquiring more depth in the bullpen, but many speculate as well about if the Rockies need another bat. Coming off of a season of offensive struggles, it might be worth it to fill in some holes in the lineup. Many names have been tossed around for who could be potential answers to this question, and David Schoenfield of ESPN has stated his belief that Logan Morrison would be the one to benefit the Rockies’ offense. Morrison had a strong 2017, and he is an affordable free agent option as an alternative to, say, Eric Hosmer.
While Schoenfield’s proposition could work out for the 2018 season, this kind of move doesn’t follow patterns that the Rockies have displayed in the past. Generally speaking, the team tends to opt for their young prospects rather than spending money on bringing in a veteran free agent. If you ask me, I like the strategy of betting on our rookies. When the team is able to develop young talent, it gives the Rockies more wiggle room, both financially and strategically. At the moment, it appears that Ryan McMahon will get the nod at first base, but time will tell what the Rockies offense will look like come opening day.
In the midst of the winter meetings, we heard reports that the Rockies and Greg Holland had a deal in the works; however, this news turned out to be a bit exaggerated as no such deal was completed and the Rockies are still in need of a closer. Despite the radio silence regarding these rumors since then, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that there is still a possibility of Holland signing with the Rockies. Apparently, sources have claimed that Holland himself has interest in returning to Denver. Holland started off last year hot, struggling somewhat toward the end of the season. Even while struggling, though, he still managed to tie Kenley Jansen of the Dodgers in saves.
If a deal with Holland does not work out, there are still several options for the Rockies bullpen. Addison Reed and Wade Davis are still available on the open market, and there is still some possibility for an Alex Colome trade with the Rays. Any of these options would round out the bullpen, but I personally would like to see Holland closing at Coors Field again.
Logan Cozart of the Rockies High-A affiliate Lancaster JetHawks paid it forward by providing a pitching a clinic in his hometown in Ohio. The 24-year-old pitcher taught local youths the fundamentals of the sport while encouraging the kids to have fun.
At this time in the offseason, everyone is focused on the top prospects in the league. Earlier in the year, the team at Baseball Prospectus had a little fun with some of the all-time worst prospects to be drafted by a major league team. Some lowlights for the Colorado Rockies include Ian Stewart, Tyler Matzek, and Greg Reynolds.