Colorado Rockies: What will their bullpen look like now?
On Saturday evening, it was reported that the Colorado Rockies had agreed to terms with reliever Alex Colomé on a one-year deal. The Rockies need some more consistency in the bullpen and Colomé, who they have been looking at for the their bullpen since at least 2017, should help bring that consistency for a reasons, all of which we detailed shortly after the news broke.
Assuming that the Colorado Rockies don’t make any more moves for their bullpen, what will the Rockies bullpen look like?
The Colorado Rockies bullpen has a bit more depth than before
On Opening Day, the Colorado Rockies are almost definitely going to have a larger bullpen than you may expect. Entering the 2022 season, MLB planned on enacting a rule that teams could only carry a maximum of 13 pitchers on their roster. However, it is unknown if they will do this. If not, then with the DH coming to the NL, the Rockies could decide to carry a three-man bench (14 pitchers, 12 position players).
They could also carry more pitchers because rosters may be larger. Rosters could have as many as 29 players on them to start the season since the MLB lockout truncated Spring Training. With that, the Rockies could look to carry 15 or 16 pitchers, or a 10 to 11-man bullpen.
What we do know are some of the players that will be in the Rockies bullpen.
The long-reliever: Jhoulys Chacín
Jhoulys Chacín was one of many relievers that improved as the season progressed but he moved into a setup role because the bullpen was so thin. The Colorado Rockies need to (and almost certainly will) have Chacín as their long reliever.
In the final three months of the season, he had a 3.25 ERA with an opponent batting average of .173.
New free agent signing Chad Kuhl could also be a long reliever but, as of now, he looks like he will be the Rockies #5 starter.