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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Joe Panik #12 of the San Francisco Giants completes the double-play with a leaping throw over the top of Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies in the top of the fifth inning at AT&T Park on September 19, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Joe Panik #12 of the San Francisco Giants completes the double-play with a leaping throw over the top of Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies in the top of the fifth inning at AT&T Park on September 19, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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Additions:

  • Chris Iannetta
    • Iannetta is apparently their cheap replacement to Johnathon Lucroy. Iannetta had the most homers of the catchers who hit free agency this year, and Iannetta is someone who is familiar with the Rockies organization. He came up through their farm system, and a cute little reunion is on taps I guess, despite him not being the best option on the market.
  • Wade Davis
    • They chose not to sign Greg Holland back, despite him making 45/49 saves for them. Instead, they spent bookoo bucks on another former Royals bullpen guy, Wade Davis. Davis had a good season in Chicago, but they still could’ve gone cheaper with someone like Holland considering his elbow history. Now, they’re stuck with Davis on a large contract.
  • Bryan Shaw

    Shaw had a fantastic year with Cleveland, but has not followed it up with a good spring training. Overall he’s a good get, but it feels like they overpaid for him. $9 million a year for a guy who is their third or fourth best reliever is quite intriguing. But hey, let the Rockies do what they want

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    Departures:

    • Greg Holland
      • Greg Holland is the only significant pitching departure for them. They spent a lot of money to replace him, so I wouldn’t worry about it too much if I were them. But, if Davis struggles, and Holland signs with a team in the next month and looks good, they might be kicking themselves. Holland will be a good get for whoever ends up landing him.
    • Mark Reynolds
      • Ian Desmond hasn’t looked that great since they signed him to a gigantic contract last offseason. Reynolds came in and was solid defensively at first, and gave them a shot in the arm with his bat, which was very good last year. The Rockies chose not to bring him back, and that surprised me. But again, they can do whatever they want to do. But Desmond just hasn’t convinced many since he was signed.
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