Jon Morosi of Fox Sports is reporting that the Colorado Rockies are pursuing closing pitching options. With Greg Holland, Jake McGee, and Pat Neshek all hitting free agency, Colorado is actively looking to add help to the backend of the bullpen.
Morosi states that the Rockies have expressed interest in free agent Wade Davis as well as Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton. Davis seems likely to receive a four-year deal worth over $50 million, so he may be out of their budget, but Britton is an obvious fit. With a career 64.8-percent groundball rate, Britton would be an ideal fit in the hitter-friendly Coors Field. With one year of control left, he’d only represent a short-term option, however.
The Rockies bullpen was quite good in 2017, posting the sixth-best fWAR (6.4) among all bullpens while posting a very respectable 4.40 ERA (quite good at Coors Field). However, three of the top four arms from that bullpen are all free agents: Holland, McGee, and Neshek. Chris Rusin had a standout 2017 season (2.65 ERA in 85 innings), but he’s the only returning arm who tossed 30 or more innings with a sub-4.00 ERA. Adam Ottavino and Mike Dunn, who were both quality arms before 2017, look to bounce back in 2018 after down seasons. Colorado could also use some of their starting pitchers, such as Antonio Senzatela, Kyle Freeland, or Jeff Hoffman, as relief options.
With so much uncertainty surrounding the bullpen heading into 2018, it’s extremely likely that Colorado will add a legit arm or two to the backend of the bullpen. The Rockies haven’t shied away from going after relief pitching, either. Last offseason, they handed out three-year deals to Dunn and Boone Logan, gave Holland a nice one-year deal, and made a blockbuster trade for McGee.