The Colorado Rockies made some noise during the recent Winter Meetings, being one of the most active teams as they were involved in multiple rumors and made two big signings during the time in Orlando.
Colorado reinforced its bullpen with the re-signing of southpaw Jake McGee to a three-year contract. McGee’s 2017 in Colorado was much better than his 2016 debut after being acquired from Tampa Bay. Last season, McGee went 0-2 with three saves, a 3.61 ERA, 16 walks and 58 strikeouts in 62 appearances. His improvement was a key piece of Colorado’s bullpen resurgence in 2017.
New addition Bryan Shaw comes to the Rockies from Cleveland and the right-hander was also inked to a three-year deal. Last season, the 30-year-old Shaw posted a 4-6 mark with three saves, a 3.52 ERA, 22 walks and 73 strikeouts in 79 appearances for the Indians.
The duo will help bolster a Rockies bullpen that had plenty of questions heading into the offseason. Noah Yingling details the moves and makes his case for their grades in this article.
Additionally, the Rockies signed catcher Chris Iannetta to a two-year deal before the Winter Meetings began. The move signaled that, by bringing the former Rockies catcher back to Colorado, the club is happy with what they have behind the plate in Iannetta, Tony Wolters and Tom Murphy.
Yes, the Rockies have been busy … but there is still more to do if Colorado wants to duplicate its 2017 success in 2018. Here are my three thoughts on what could make this a tremendous offseason for Colorado.