On the news front, Colorado manager Bud Black was a part of various interviews throughout the day at the Winter Meetings. When he was asked about the possibilities of the Rockies re-signing closer Greg Holland, he told reporters that it was “on his wish list.” Black also had some other interesting comments about a potential reunion with Holland that we outlined in this article.
Speaking of the Rockies bullpen, we now know that Pat Neshek will not be returning in a Colorado uniform in 2018. Reports have Neshek returning to Philadelphia as a member of the Phillies with a two-year (plus club option) deal valued at $16.25 million.
Neshek did well for the Rockies last season after being acquired at the trade deadline from the Phillies. In his 28 games with Colorado, he went 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 22 innings of work. The right-hander had 24 strikeouts and walked just one batter, helping solidify the back end of the Colorado bullpen and set the table for Holland.
His departure puts more reality into the fact that the Rockies are going to need to rebuild the bullpen in order to maintain last year’s level of success. Neshek was a key component of that down the stretch, as was Holland and Jake McGee, who is also a free agent.