Pat Neshek is one of a hand full of relievers who will become free agents at season’s end. He has proved that he can pitch in Coors Field and in 22 games with the Rockies, he has a 2.76 ERA. He was the Phillies only All-Star this season and it was his second All-Star appearance.
The Rockies could really use him but it is really difficult to predict relievers and whether they will resign because there is such a huge market for them. Every team needs bullpen help (even the Cleveland Indians).
The Rockies also have Jake McGee who will be a reliever and Greg Holland has a player option. If he doesn’t exercise that option, he will become a free agent. I won’t even attempt to predict the percentage chance that Neshek or McGee will resign but I will for Holland and his $15 million option (up from $6 million this year).
Percentage chance Holland tests the market: 75-80 percent
Percentage chance that Holland is with the Rockies in 2018: 20 percent
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Ryan Hanigan is another Rockies player who will be a free agent at season’s end. He hasn’t played that well (offensively or defensively). The Rockies already have Tony Wolters and with Jonathan Lucroy and the Rockies having mutual interest in resigning, Hanigan’s chances of returning are slim.
Percentage chance of returning: 5 percent
Tyler Chatwood will be an interesting case in the offseason. Since he has spent a decent amount of time in the bullpen or on the disabled list, I don’t think that he will get a ton of money or a long contract. It’s not like he’s Clayton Kershaw or Corey Kluber. Essentially, I think that it’s the Rockies choice of whether or not they want him back. Also, I think that him resigning hinges on whether or not the Rockies sign a starter (or multiple starters) in the offseason.
Percentage chance of resigning: 50 percent
Alexi Amarista has a $2.5 million team option for next season. He is versatile off the bench but the Rockies have to determine if he is worth a $1.4 million raise. I don’t. They may try to resign him otherwise but not for that much.
Percentage chance of returning to the Rockies in 2018: 15 percent
This offseason will definitely be one of interest for Rockies fans. Especially if the Rockies go far into the playoffs, the Rockies will get a good amount of revenue. That could influence them to have a huge offseason and sign (or re-sign) some free agents.
They definitely have some things that they need to address but I think that if they resign most of these players and make some tweaks to the pitching staff, the Rockies will definitely be in good shape for the future.