Truly explore jettisoning one of the super bullpen components
You will hear a lot about the Rockies seeing if they can find trade partners for players such as “super bullpen” members Bryan Shaw, Wade Davis and Jake McGee plus position players Daniel Murphy and Ian Desmond this offseason. Those players all have prohibitive contracts and have (for the most part) not lived up to them in a Rockies uniform.
There will be a lot of talk about this … but will there actually be any action?
Understandably the Rockies first have to find a team that might be interested and then likely be willing to eat some of the contract to move even one of these players. There are some in the Rockies media world who will scream about paying someone to potentially play against you. Is that such a bad thing in the case of particularly these pitchers? Wouldn’t you like for Nolan Arenado or Trevor Story to be able to square up against some of the meatballs that they threw last season … or the season before that?
The bold move here is to actually engage in and pursue serious conversations about potential swaps. After all, any movement here with these players means that Colorado General Manager Jeff Bridich made a mistake bringing them in. Is the franchise and GM willing to admit that by eating some of the contract to send them away?
What’s the likelihood of this happening? As we discussed in this article, of the five names mentioned above, Murphy is likely the one with the highest chance of being moved … and that still seems like a very slim bet.