Rockies GM Bridich: McGee or Shaw in the mix for closer

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Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings have wrapped up in Orlando, and the Colorado Rockies have come away with a couple new contracts for a new bullpen arm and a familiar face.

Bryan Shaw, former reliever of the Cleveland Indians, is now a Rockie, signing a three-year deal that is estimated to pay him around $9 million dollars a year. Shaw will be relied upon on the back end of the bullpen.

The familiar face, Jake McGee, is back, signing a three-year, $27 million dollar deal with a club option in the fourth year.

Bridich, who was busy looking to wheel and deal for position players as well, had the Rockies linked to names such as Carlos Santana, Eric Hosmer and may not be done, looking to lock up Greg Holland and bringing back the Rockies’ single-season save leader.

In an interview with Les Shapiro of Mile High Sports AM 1340 | FM 104.7, Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich discusses the new changes to the roster, including if he would feel comfortable with either one of the newly contracted guys, McGee or Shaw, close for the Rockies.

“I would be happy that they’re on our team and in the mix for that,” Bridich said.

“If other additions are not able to be made to the team, I think they would definitely be some of the guys that are talked about, in terms of, is there a singular person that would handle the ninth inning or would there be potential multiple guys?”

Bridich also discussed the idea of finding a premier closer, but also a first baseman. Doing so would mean the Rockies would have to grow the payroll to potentially be in the mix for both? Bridich believes he’d be allowed by ownership to do exactly that.

I think so,” Bridich said. “We’ve said it before. We’re looking to grow payroll bit-by-bit here; I think we’re going to do that again this year.”

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