While the news probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise to Colorado Rockies fans, the team is reportedly looking to add multiple arms to its bullpen in the offseason according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Rosenthal tweeted on Monday night that not only are the Rockies looking to add more than one reliever to its bullpen, but that they were also very interested in bring back Pat Neshek, who was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies at last year’s trade deadline. Neshek, however, has reportedly signed a two-year contract to return to Philadelphia.
The tweet also said that the Rockies were interested in reliever Wade Davis, who was the closer last season for the Chicago Cubs. There have been reports that the Rockies would like to not only bring in Davis but also re-sign last year’s closer Greg Holland, who turned down a qualifying offer from the Rockies in recent weeks in order to test the free agent market.
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Colorado has some work to do in rebuilding the bullpen that helped carry the team last season to its first postseason appearance since 2009. Neshek and Holland join Jake McGee as 2017 bullpen members who may or may not be back this season. Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post said on Monday that the Rockies have had “limited” conversations on bringing McGee back this season.
As the Winter Meetings geared up this week, the Rockies were said to be “aggressively pursuing” Tampa Bay closer Alex Colome. Throw his name along with Holland and Davis in the mix and it is easy to see that Colorado general manager Jeff Bridich is focusing on the back end of the bullpen as a priority.
Colorado manager Bud Black also mentioned the bullpen in some of his comments on Monday, saying that it was on his wish list to have Holland back for the 2018 season. Holland tied a Colorado team record in his first season with the Rockies by posting 41 saves in 2017.