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Seunghwan Oh expected to pitch for the Rockies in 2019

Rockies news and links for October 23, 2018

Seunghwan Oh expected to pitch for Rockies in 2019 says GM Jeff Bridich | The Denver Post ($)
Last week, reports surfaced out of South Korea that reliever Seunghwan Oh was beginning to yearn for a return to pitching in his native South Korea. There was already concern in the Rockies’ bullpen as the re-signing of Adam Ottavino was looking unlikely from the get-go. The news of Oh’s possible departure was very concerning, as the duo helped make up for disappointing returns from Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee in 2018.

Fortunately, Rockies General Manager Jeff Bridich quelled our fears on Monday, as relayed by Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post. Bridich said he believes that the quotes from Oh were not regarding the 2019 season, but rather they expressed Oh’s desire to finish his career in South Korea. Oh is scheduled to be back with the Rox for one more season on a $2.5 million vesting option.

Colorado Rockies: Will David Dahl be a starting outfielder in 2019? | Rox Pile
David Dahl was at his best over the last week of 2018, ultimately earning National League Player of the Week honors for September’s final week. Unfortunately, like the rest of the Rockies’ offense, this hot streak did not carry over into the postseason. Will a .273/.325/.534 overall slash line be enough for the Rockies to hand Dahl the reins as an everyday starting outfielder in 2019? As Luke Mullins of Rox Pile writes, Dahl will probably be a starter barring an injury, but there are reasons to believe that the Rockies’ front office doesn’t have full confidence in the 24-year-old.

Looking For A Match In A Justin Smoak Trade | MLB Trade Rumors
Mark Polishuk of MLB Trade Rumors explores various teams that could trade for first baseman Justin Smoak of the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rockies, if they are willing to move on from Ian Desmond as an everyday starter at the position, would make a great deal of sense.