It’s certainly tough to see Adam Ottavino leave the Rockies after such a phenomenal year, but the Rockies can still place some hope in the rest of their pitchers. Yes, many struggled last year, but ups and downs are a natural things for pitchers, particularly at Coors Field. Thus, although Wade Davis, Bryan Shaw, and Jake McGee fought a losing battle on the mound last year, they can still come back and redeem themselves. The Rockies are also excited about Chris Rusin in the 2019 season. He has always been a consistent pitcher, and the Rockies hope that he can prove to be consistently great. The lefty could be the middle reliever to help the Rockies close games in the new season.
There have recently been some rumors about proposals for changes in the MLB. One of these is putting the DL stint back to fifteen days from the trial ten days it’s been for the last two years. In some conjunction with this, they are thinking of upping optioning to the minor league from ten to fifteen days. These strategies are an attempt to reduce the use of relief pitchers. Another rumored plan is to have a pitch clock. The changes aren’t likely to happen this year, with time being so short, but we might see them in the near future.
Jeff Hoffman had a very quiet season last year. He was frequently overlooked following an injury that sent him to the minor leagues. He’s been working out in the offseason, and has subsequently seen an increased velocity in his pitching. The question remains if he will earn his way into the rotation. He’s got the athletic potential, and combined with the workouts, he’s been working on his mental game, which, as we’ve seen with Jon Gray, is a crucial part of pitching. He claims he’s focused on his performance, and it would be fantastic for the rotation to gain another consistent deliverer.
Spring training is right around the corner, and it’s looking more and more like the Rockies will have to enter arbitration with Nolan Arenado for his salary for the 2019 season. Arenado was looking for $30 million, but the Rockies came back with $24 million. They’ll likely settle somewhere in the middle, with Arenado breaking the arbitration record. The Rockies want to keep Arenado in Denver, and it seems like Arenado is willing to do so, but it’ll come down to what kind of deal they can all work out.