In the final move of the FanSided Fake Winter Meetings, we made sure the Colorado Rockies not only secured a key performer from last season but also kept the back end of the bullpen filled with O’s and pitches with wicked movement.
Over the last two days, we have told you about the simulated trade we made with the Kansas City Royals to land outfielder Jorge Soler and the deal we made with the Tampa Bay Rays to secure first baseman C.J. Cron. Today, in our last move, we re-signed Colorado Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino to a two-year, $18 million deal (paying $9 million per season).
Again, as a reminder, these are not real moves made by the Colorado Rockies. This is part of a simulation we conducted with other FanSided sites, acting as the general managers for each of our respective teams.
Securing Ottavino was a key heading into the offseason in our mind. Last season, the 32-year-old right-hander pieced together a fantastic campaign, going 6-4 with a 2.43 ERA in 75 games covering 77.2 innings. Somehow, his pre-All-Star work of 4-2 with a 1.62 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 44.1 innings pitched wasn’t All-Star-worthy. It was a snub that Ottavino took personally … and so did all Rockies fans.
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Last season, Ottavino joined with Scott Oberg and Seunghwan Oh as three of the most solid options for Colorado manager Bud Black before turning the ball over to closer Wade Davis. We wanted to make sure that that continued in 2019.
Our friends at SoDo Mojo (covering the Seattle Mariners) put a bid of two years and $16 million out on Ottavino before we countered with our bid to keep him in a Rockies uniform through the 2020 season.
Sure, there were some concerns about Ottavino’s August (4.61 ERA) and September (4.26 ERA) and some of the issues that were discussed in this article. However, we believe the positives far outweigh the negatives in this simulated move.
So what would you do if you were the general manager of the Rockies? Would you re-sign Ottavino or let him go? Let us know in the comments section below.