Colorado Rockies: A Closer Look at Jeff Bridich’s Master Plan
Notable 2017 Moves
In his third full season as GM, Jeff Bridich came out of the gates swinging. He signed veteran utility man Ian Desmond to a five-year, $70 million deal to become the team’s primary first baseman. Desmond was an infielder for years before switching to the outfield last season, but has never spent major time at first base. The move is somewhat puzzling and has been greatly criticized by fans and experts alike, but the move gives the team a range of options moving forward.
Desmond has yet to see time on the field for the Rockies in the regular season, but this move could decide Bridich’s fate as Rockies General Manager.
As a backup plan for Desmond, Bridich brought back Mark Reynolds on a minor league deal with an invite to major league camp. Reynolds proved to be much more patient at the plate and cut down on strikeouts last year for the Rockies, and he continued his impressive streak through Spring Training. He has been the everyday starter for the Rockies this season at first while Desmond recovers from an injury. Reynolds has been on fire at the plate and provides solid defense as well. The signing was wonderful as Reynold has exceeded expectations, but makes the Desmond signing even more puzzling.
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In his second attempt to rebuild the bullpen, Bridich brought in another set of veterans in the offseason. Greg Holland and Mike Dunn were signed to bolster the still inexperienced bullpen, and Holland has taken over as the team’s primary closer this year.
Both signings have been impressive in their short time with the team, and Bridich may have done enough this season to prove his real ability to build a team. Bridich avoided strike three for the time being, but his track record is far from perfect.