There will be discontent among the fan base if the Colorado Rockies do not continue to bolster the roster this off-season. No need to fret, it appears. The team will be relatively active at this week’s Winter Meetings and beyond, looking at add another bat, a late-innings reliever, and a starting pitcher. In the meantime, a couple other NL West teams are rumored to be very active in trying to make big moves.
Here’s what else is happening with the Rockies and around the rest of the NL West:
The Rockies have been looking for a late-inning arm to pair with free agent acquisition LaTroy Hawkins after their bullpen finished last season with a National League-worst 4.23 ERA. The plan, initially, is for Hawkins to close and Rex Brothers to serve as the setupman. Adding another power arm would give the Rockies more flexibility in how they use Brothers, and also cast Wilton Lopez in a less prominent role. The Rockies retained Matt Belisle, but his struggles last season suggest that he could fit better in the seventh inning, where Adam Ottavino is a candidate to work.
#dbacks remain very much in the choo hunt as well as trumbo talks
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 10, 2013
That said, Trumbo’s RH power is rare in game today. Unlikely #Dbacks would trade two SPs for him, but maybe something like Skaggs-Gregorius?
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 10, 2013
Don’t count on it.
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