Rockies face major roster decisions soon after World Series ends

Rockies face major roster decisions soon after World Series ends

Decisions, large and small, are on the docket for the Rockies, a team with a .437 winning percentage over the past two seasons. How general manager Jeff Bridich and his front office deal with those decisions will help determine the makeup of the 2021 team.

The Rockies must begin making those decisions this week, once the World Series ends.

Following is a Rockies’ offseason checklist:

Free agents: Six players — catcher Drew Butera, outfielders Matt Kemp and Kevin Pillar, utility man Chris Owings, first baseman Daniel Murphy and right-hander AJ Ramos — will become free agents at 7 a.m. (MDT) the day after the World Series ends.

None of those six players will receive a qualifying offer. The Rockies could be interested in re-signing Pillar, who played very well after coming over in a midseason trade from Boston. Pillar appeared in 24 games for Colorado and was excellent in the outfield. He slashed .308/.351/.451 in 91 plate appearances.

Kemp has said he would be interested in returning to the Rockies, but that would happen only if the National League adopts the designated hitter for 2021. That has yet to be determined.

Buyouts

Colorado won’t be picking up any contract options, but they do owe money to a number of players. The Rockies owe buyouts to the following players:

— Right-hander Wade Davis, $1 million. The former closer was released late in the season.

— Murphy, $6 million, as part of his guaranteed, two-year, $24 million deal.

— Left-hander Jake McGee (now with the Dodgers) is owed $2 million, as is right-hander Bryan Shaw (who signed with Seattle). Both relievers were released before the season started.

Arbitration eligible

The Rockies have 13 players eligible for arbitration. All-star shortstop Trevor Story would have been eligible, but he signed a two-year, $27.5-million extension last year that covered his final two years of arbitration.