The Colorado Rockies have put together one of the most dangerous top-to-bottom batting orders in Major League Baseball.
From Trevor Story to Nolan Arenado to Charlie Blackmon to Carlos Gonzalez and the newly-signed Ian Desmond, there aren’t many weak spots in the Rockies’ lineup.
However, as has been the case for years in Colorado, the pitching staff leaves much to be desired. Staff “ace” Chad Bettis and closer Adam Ottavino are fine pitchers, but both of those spots could be upgraded via free agency.
If the Rockies want to have a chance to compete for a playoff spot in 2017, here are three pitchers they should try to sign this offseason:
Tyson Ross: Ross has some experience pitching in Colorado from his time with the San Diego Padres.
Coming off an injury-plagued 2016 season, Ross will look to rebound with a new team. The Rockies would do well to throw their hat in the ring for the pitcher who had 212 strikeouts and a 3.26 ERA in 196 innings in 2015.
Ross is exactly the kind of top-end pitcher who could make a difference in the young Colorado rotation and should be a top priority for GM Jeff Bridich this offseason.
Neftali Feliz: Even if the Rockies are set on using Adam Ottavino as the closer in 2017, Feliz would still be a valuable signing.
The former Texas Rangers closer struggled in 2016, giving up 10 home runs in 53.2 innings with the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, he did record 61 strikeouts while posting a 3.52 ERA.
If he can limit the home runs in spacious Coors Field, he could re-establish himself as one of the league’s best setup men.
Jason Hammel: Hammel actually has extensive experience pitching in Colorado. He spent the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons with the Rockies, posting a record of 27-30.
He gave up about one home run per nine innings with the Rockies, but he does have a respectable strikeout-to-walk ratio, so he could be a good fit for a reunion with his former squad.
Coming off a World Series win with the Cubs, he’d also add a winning mentality that would be a good fit on a young Colorado team.