SAN DIEGO — On Monday night, members of the press covering the Colorado Rockies (including myself) had the opportunity to spend roughly 45 minutes with general manager Jeff Bridich.
The conversation covered a multitude of topics involving the Colorado Rockies, ranging from last season’s “juiced baseballs” to who could be catching or pitching for the Rockies on 2020’s Opening Day just down the street at Petco Park when Colorado visits the San Diego Padres.
During our conversation with Colorado’s GM, I made notes on some of the more interesting quotes I heard as well as some explanation of what they might mean. In this article, I’ll list five of the ones that jumped out at me.
Let’s start with this one…
"“We’ve been fairly aggressive in the reliever market over the last few years. So I think we all can agree it’s led to mixed results. So I think we feel like we have at this point a lot of bodies in our bullpen mix and we have a lot of talented people. Some of those talented people need to do their jobs. So that is a stronger case for us than going out and being aggressive on the reliever market, free agent wise.”"
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Translation: This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this offseason that some members of the Rockies need to do their jobs better. That includes high-priced relievers such as Wade Davis, Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee. The “super bullpen” that never materialized has to come together in order to give Colorado a chance at the postseason in 2020. Of course, that is assuming none of them are traded in the offseason (knowing their contract situations, that will be tough).
Colorado is going to rely primarily on the bodies they have in house this year in their bullpen. The Rockies may still make some minor pitching moves (as we saw earlier on Monday) but don’t expect a big deviation in the roster before the spring.