With the 2018 MLB Winter Meetings set to kick off next week and moves already being made, here’s what moves should be at the top of the Colorado Rockies’ priorities.
The stove is already heating up. The Chicago Cubs signed former Rockie Tyler Chatwood to a 3 year contract worth $38 million and the Mariners traded for former NL Batting Champion Dee Gordon on Wednesday and the Winter Meetings haven’t even started yet.
The time has come for Jeff Bridich and the Rockies front office to start becoming more active on the free-agent front, in effort to shore up the holes left by Chatwood, Jake McGee, Carlos Gonzalez, Pat Neshek, Greg Holland, and Jonathan Lucroy.
Getting the $20 million and $22 million the Rockies are currently paying Gonzalez and Jose Reyes, respectively, off of the payroll will help tremendously in the Rockies’ ability to sign players during the coming weeks that they need to still be in the playoff hunt in 2018.
Colorado’s biggest need is in the bullpen, where the Rockies will have lost up to four of their top pitchers from 2017 by the time the first pitch of Spring Training 2018 is thrown. The first problem the Rockies are facing is the question of who will replace Holland as the closer in 2018.