The 2017 MLB trade deadline has come and gone.
Hold up, the 60-46 Rockies made moves, too, to ensure their chances of reaching the postseason remain good? Well, crap, that destroys the narrative.
Yes, it’s true. Jeff Bridich and company went to work this past week and landed much-needed relief pitching and catching help in wily vets Pat Neshek and Jonathan Lucroy. Neshek, an All-Star this season with the Phillies before coming to the Rox, was netted for a cost consisting of prospects Jose Gomez, J.D. Hammer, and Alejandro Requena. Lucroy, a solid player for a long time who has had a poor first four months of the season this year, comes to the Rockies in exchange for a player to be named later.
Both are adequate additions needed to fill clear holes; upon Neshek’s arrival, the Rockies were able to wash their hands of the much-maligned Jordan Lyles while stabilizing the back end of their bullpen. Lucroy, even if he doesn’t improve upon his wretched start to the season, will be an immediate upgrade over the Rockies’ punchless duo of Tony Wolters and Ryan Hanigan behind the plate.
The question is, could—and should—the Rockies have done more? Acquiring another reliever to both help this year and serve as Greg Holland insurance next year (the closer will likely field large free-agent contract offers) seemed like a necessity and, at times, a foregone conclusion, but it didn’t happen. The Rockies also kicked the tires on starting pitching but ultimately decided to ride it out with their young staff, which isn’t a bad decision on the surface but still gets people talking about what maybe could have been.
At any rate, things seem to be going well for a team that, barring huge issues looks poised to remain highly competitive for at least the next two seasons after this one. Does that mean the front office is doing enough? Are you satisifed with the job Bridich and team are doing? Vote in the poll and weigh in below in the comment section.
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