As our very own Noah Yingling highlighted from Colorado Rockies General Manager Jeff Bridich’s radio interview with MLB Network Radio, the Rockies made it clear that they were looking to sign multiple relievers to help in the bullpen this offseason. Little did we know that he was going to go all-out. This aggressive approach by Jeff Bridich and his team may have just propelled the Rockies into having one of the best bullpens in the National League.
Rockies started their hunt during Winter Meetings by agreeing to deals with Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee within 24 hours of each other. Those moves alone put the Rockies in a significantly better position than they ended the season with in terms of bullpen arms, with McGee and Holland testing free agency. However, they needed a big time closer to top this all off…and the Rockies reportedly found that man in Wade Davis.
After spending the last month fielding Greg Holland rumors and reports, the Rockies surprised us all by a agreeing to a deal with Wade Davis. The contract, by the way, is the highest per-year-salary ever for a reliever at a 3-year, $52M deal, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.
As pointed out via tweet by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, factoring in the deals of Wade Davis, Bryan Shawn, Jake McGee this season and Mike Dunn and Adam Ottavino deals already on the books, the Rockies may have put together the most expensive bullpen in baseball history, upwards of $50M this coming season.
So, what does $50M a season get you? The best bullpen in the National League.