I know our counterparts over at Dodgers Way might have something to say about this declaration. However, as you can see below, the Rockies were already sporting a combined bullpen WAR of 6.4, which is good for the second spot in the National League.
Top 5 National League Bullpens by WAR in 2017
As a team that had the best bullpen in the National League last season, on top of their visit to the World Series, there seems to be a “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” mentality with the Dodgers. That’s even factoring the vacancy left by Brandon Morrow.
Despite various rumors and reports, the Dodgers have been focusing on efforts in shedding money to avoid that $197MM luxury tax threshold in 2018. The only offseason relief signing so far as been adding starter-turned-reliever, Tom Koehler. As Cesar Becerra of Dodgers Way points out, this signing won’t fill the void left by Morrow, and anticipates that set-up role will go to either Yimi Garcia or Pedro Baez. Wade Davis will also provide the Rockies will a very good closer like the Dodgers have in Kenley Jansen.
As far as Rockies fans are concerned, the signing of Wade Davis is definitely big news. He was widely regarded as the best closer on the market this offseason. However, looking at how his 2017 campaign stacked up against Greg Holland‘s, each have their own sets of strengths and weaknesses. However, it’s essentially a wash in terms of overall performance.
Wade Davis/Greg Holland Comparison 2017