Colorado Rockies: who will Join Chris Rusin in the 2018 bullpen?

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 09: Chris Rusin
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SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 11: Yusmeiro Petit #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates closing out the game to beat the Seattle Mariners 6-5 in the ninth inning at Safeco Field on August 11, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 11: Yusmeiro Petit #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates closing out the game to beat the Seattle Mariners 6-5 in the ninth inning at Safeco Field on August 11, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images) /

Yusmeiro Petit

Petit had a career year in his first season with the Angels. The veteran reliever posted a 2.76 ERA with a 0.95 WHIP and a 10 K/9.

Those numbers (especially the WHIP and K/9) should bode well at Coors Field.  As Rockies fans know all too well, when playing in Denver the fewer baserunners, the better.

Petit also knows the NL West, pitching for Arizona from 2007-2009 and for San Francisco from 2012-2015.

He is a veteran arm that can eat up a lot of innings over the course of the season.

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Juan Nicasio

Another former Rockie, Nicasio seems to have found a home in the bullpen after bouncing around between four teams in the past three years, including three last year.

Even in that chaos, Nicasio kept a level head and managed to compile a 2.61 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 9.0 K/9.

Interestingly enough, the most important out Nicasio has recorded in Rockies history did not come when he was pitching for the team.

It came at the end of last season when he got the last out of the ninth to help the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Milwaukee Brewers, eliminating them from the postseason and sending the Rockies to the playoffs.

Final Thoughts

There are several other relievers on the market but these are just a few of the players who might make the best fit for a lower price.

Will any of these players be wearing purple next spring? We’ll just have to wait and see.

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