Colorado Rockies: A history of Jeff Bridich signings and trades

Jul 4, 2020; Denver, Colorado, United States; Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich during team practice at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 4, 2020; Denver, Colorado, United States; Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich during team practice at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nolan Arenado is no longer with the Colorado Rockies
SCOTTSDALE, AZ – FEBRUARY 19: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies poses for a portrait at the Colorado Rockies Spring Training Facility at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 19, 2020 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images) /

2020 – 2021:

Number of Minor League Deals: 40

Number of Major League Deals: 3

Number of Trades: 3

Number of Waiver Pickups: 0

Signed Draftees: 0

Most important deal: The Nolan Trade (Nolan Arenado and Cash for Austin Gomber, Elehuris Montero, Tony Locey, Mateo Gil, and Jake Sommers from the St. Louis Cardinals)

The 2020 offseason started almost symbolically, with the last piece of the Tulowitzki trade finally leaving the team. Jeff Hoffman (and Case Williams) were traded to the Reds for Robert Stephenson and Jameson Hannah. I have to be honest, after spring training, I really like how this trade turned out, I hope Hannah has a great future with this team. Stephenson has also looked very good coming out of the bullpen so far this season and Hoffman has finally seemed to reach his potential on the Reds. A good trade all around but, unfortunately, the offseason did not stay nearly as productive.

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The trade of Nolan Arenado has gone down as one of the most infamous days in franchise history. Sending $50 million+ and a Hall of Famer for a pitcher and some prospects (none of which are in the top 100). The fact that Jeff Bridich was now instrumental in two of the most reviled trades in franchise history quickly removed any remaining goodwill he had with the fanbase. The deal has been universally panned and is quite honestly one of the reasons the mutual “parting of ways” between Bridich and the Rockies happened.

Jeff Bridich’s final acquisition as GM of the Rockies appears to be a minor league contract for Noah Gotsis. Signed just six days before Bridich stepped down, Gotsis has played in the Rockies system before (for the Grand Junction Rockies in 2019). He went to Regis University right in Denver and seems to be a fitting signing for a Rockies GM to end his time on.

Next. Our podcast with reaction to the Bridich news. dark

Note: Acquisition data and facts for this article were found using MLB.com and Baseball-Reference.

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