Bauer could be like the Rockies other free agent signings of pitchers
Along with the consistency issue, it’s the other problem that has plagued the Rockies throughout their franchise history: all of their big, multi-year free-agent pitcher signings have been flops.
Recently, we all know about the “super-bullpen” that never came to fruition with Mike Dunn, Jake McGee, Wade Davis, and Bryan Shaw but the Rockies have had plenty of other bad other free-agent pitchers signings in their history.
They include Denny Neagle, Darryl Kile, Mike Hampton, and Bill Swift. Bauer, like Kile, is known for his curveball, a pitch that is known to not be as effective at Coors Field. All four of them are among our rankings of the top ten worst free-agent signing by the Rockies from last offseason.
If there’s one person that could figure that issue out, it is the analytically-minded Bauer but there’s always a chance that he could down the tubes as many pitchers have. If that happened with Bauer and the Rockies, it would be a humongous burden on the team for years to come.