The Rockies need some help in the bullpen
OK, don’t let the idea scare you, but the Rockies need help in the bullpen and will likely look outside of the organization for it. Don’t let the big contracts of Wade Davis, Jake McGee, and Bryan Shaw consume your thoughts though. The Rockies will likely look for less expensive pieces to hopefully boost a bullpen that posted the highest single-season ERA (6.77) in franchise history (more than a run over the previous high of 5.72 in 1999). They’ll also be looking to add arms to a staff that posted just 393 strikeouts, the lowest total in MLB.
The work to rebuild the bullpen began last year with Daniel Bard’s triumphant return and the trade acquisition of Mychal Givens from Baltimore. Questions remain with Scott Oberg’s health and if Jairo Diaz and Carlos Estevez can bounce back from tough seasons in 2020. There is also the fact that there were no left-handed relievers among Colorado’s relief options at the end of last season, and only Phillip Diehl and Ben Bowden are current southpaw options on the 40-man roster.
Colorado has to find a left-handed reliever who not only fits the budget but can succeed at Coors Field. That is a conversation that must and will happen throughout the offseason, and don’t be surprised if those talks haven’t already begun and will only intensify.