The Rockies finally parted ways with longtime GM Dan O’Dowd, who presided over just four winning seasons in his 15 years in Denver, and senior vice president Bill Geivett, who had an office in the clubhouse in one of the more unusual setups in baseball.
But instead of going with an outsider, owner Dick Monfort promoted Jeff Bridich from player development director to GM. Bridich, a Harvard grad who looks at baseball from more of an analytical angle, didn’t make splashy offseason moves.
Instead, he concentrated on adding experience and power to his rotation (Kyle Kendrick) and bullpen (John Axford, Jorge Rondon, Jairo Diaz, David Hale, Gus Schlosser).
Bridich was willing to listen to offers for oft-injured stars Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and Justin Morneau, but wouldn’t take less than full value.
So, the Rockies are happy to have all three back for a fresh start in 2015.
Colorado’s biggest move over the winter was signing Nick Hundley, the veteran catcher who’s expected not only to provide better defense behind the plate than Wilin Rosario did but also accelerate the progress of a relatively young pitching staff.