The Rockies, intent on bolstering their bullpen, did so Tuesday and Wednesday with a one-two punch of adding right-hander Bryan Shaw and then agreeing to a deal to retain left-hander Jake McGee.
The question: Is there such thing as a one-two-three punch?
With a couple of key setup roles settled, Colorado then reportedly was nearing a deal to re-sign free-agent closer Greg Holland, who had 41 saves for them in a bounce-back 2017 season following Tommy John surgery.
Rockies are closing in on deal to bring Greg Holland back
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 13, 2017
According to ESPN.com, the Rockies got Shaw, 30, on a three-year deal worth nearly $9 million a season. MLB Network was the first to report McGee, 31, would return to the Rockies, for whom he’s pitched the past two seasons, with FanRag Sports reporting it’s a three-year deal with a fourth-year option. No terms of the deal were reported.
Improving the bullpen promised to be one of the Rockies’ main focuses this offseason, as they try to strengthen their roster for postseason success after losing the NL wild card game to the Diamondbacks.
An early assessment: Mission accomplished.
Though he appeared to wear down a bit late in the season, Holland, 32, converted all but four of his save opportunities, while going 3-6 with a 3.61 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings.
Shaw spent the last five years with the Indians, helping them reach the 2016 World Series. He is 23-28 lifetime with a 3.13 ERA, 11 saves and 398 strikeouts.
McGee had a 3.61 ERA in 62 appearances in 2017, going 0-2 with three saves but averaging a strikeout per inning (58 in 57 1/3 innings) with a 1.10 WHIP.