After 17 years with in the Rockies organization, including the last seven as general manager, Jeff Bridich has resigned his post with the Rockies. The announcement came as a bit of a surprise after Bridich traded away star third baseman Nolan Arenado earlier this offseason. No immediate successor was named but the club did announce that Greg Feasel has been promoted from Vice President and COO over the business side of the club to Team President, now in charge of baseball operations.
The team announced on May 3 that scouting director Bill Schmidt would serve as interim GM in Bridich’s place until the end of the season, at which point the club will hire someone in a more permanent role.
Jeff Bridich released a statement implying that the decision was mutual and in the best interest of the team, which stands in need of a new leadership structure. In seven years as general manager, Bridich oversaw a team that earned back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in franchise history. He also established a poor track record with free agent signings, including committing over $100 million to three bullpen arms in one offseason who combined for negative wins above replacement during their Rockies tenures.
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