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The Rockies’ bullpen will need to step it up without Adam Ottavino

Rockies news and links for January 22, 2019

Colorado Rockies: Who will step up to fill Adam Ottavino’s shoes? | Rox Pile
General Manager Jeff Bridich is relying on his current available options to lead the way in the 2019 Colorado Rockies’ bullpen. Adam Ottavino was the pride of the ‘pen in 2018 but has now decided to live out his dream as a member of the New York Yankees. If Wade Davis, Seunghwan Oh and Scott Oberg can continue producing as they did a season ago, the Rockies will have a few very reliable options at the back end of the relief corps. It will also be necessary for at least one of Bryan Shaw, Jake McGee, Mike Dunn or Chris Rusin to take a significant step forward in 2019. The less experienced options of Yency Almonte, Harrison Musgrave and DJ Johnson could also become factors, as Rox Pile’s Kevin Henry details.

Rockies fans have thoughts on the Yankees signing all their players | Pinstripe Alley
Purple Row Managing Editor Eric Garcia McKinley joined Tyler Norton of Pinstripe Alley to discuss the triumvirate of former Rockies’ Troy Tulowitzki, DJ LeMahieu and Adam Ottavino. As you well know, all three will be playing in the Bronx in 2019 and all three have played their own special role in the history of the Rox.

How will Walker, Helton fare in HOF voting? |
At around 4 PM MT on MLB Network, the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame class will be announced. Marino Rivera and Roy Halladay are locks to be elected and Edgar Martínez will probably be inducted as well. Mike Mussina will need to do well on the yet-revealed ballots, but he also has a decent shot. Former Rockies’ Larry Walker and Todd Helton certainly appear to be on the outside looking in for 2019, but Walker’s rapid rise among voters leaves plenty of hope for 2020, his final year on the ballot.

Hall of Fame Poll: Larry Walker | Bluebird Banter
You may not have a Hall of Fame ballot, but that’s okay. Neither do I! We can still all vote for Walker to be a Hall of Famer in Tom Dakers’ poll at Bluebird Banter.

Report: White Sox discussing trade for Joc Pederson | NBC Sports
Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers has a 123 OPS+ in his career against the Rockies. It certainly wouldn’t hurt to get him out of the league. The Chicago White Sox are one team that has reportedly shown an interest in acquiring him, relays Ashley Varela of NBC Sports.