Bring in an outside starter
I know, I know. People are already thinking about Coors Field and the horrors that it can do for a pitcher’s numbers. I get it … and so does every MLB pitcher out there.
If the Rockies are looking to make a statement in the back end of their rotation, how about bringing in a pitcher who is less of a Band-Aid and more of a solution?
This won’t be Gerrit Cole or anyone close to that level. However, the Rockies could look to sign a pitcher for two years using the salary that they’ll save with Bettis and Anderson and combining it with some other funds. Could the Rockies swallow a 2-year, $18 million deal? It would seem so, especially if it could possibly solve some (not all, mind you) of the pitching problems with the rotation.
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Now this might mean that last year’s starters Jeff Hoffman and Antonio Senzatela transition permanently into the bullpen as our friend Bryan Kilpatrick has suggested. That’s not a bad thing at all as the two could become middle relievers, a role they could hopefully adjust to knowing they were going to focus on that.
A veteran starting pitcher with a low salary who could shore up the back end of the rotation would be a plus. Maybe someone like a Brett Anderson or Tanner Roark?
Will it happen? It’s unlikely, I hate to say, knowing the past history of the Rockies when it comes to pitching.
Speaking of pitching, here’s one more bold move…