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The Colorado Rockies have reached an agreement with left-handed relief pitcher Mike Dunn. The deal is for 3 years and is worth around $19 million. Dunn will likely replace Boone Logan in their bullpen as a late inning left-handed specialist (Boone Logan has entered free agency, and is not likely to return).
The Rockies were known throughout the last few seasons as a team that was very good offensively but didn’t have the pitching needed to take the next step. Last season, the Rockies continued to develop towards a good starting rotation, but it still was not enough. Jon Gray and Tyler Chatwood both contributed to one of Colorado’s best rotations in around a decade. However, the bullpen could not stop themselves from blowing the leads their offense had gotten them. At times the Rockies were as close as 2-3 games out of potentially making the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
Ultimately, the Colorado Rockies are one of the youngest franchises in baseball, and it has still yet to make much history. They have only 2 playoff appearances and 1 World Series appearance, in which they were swept. While attempting to thrive in the middle of a San Francisco Giants – Los Angeles Dodgers dynasty in the National League West division, The Rockies have not won their division in their entire history. Adding the left-handed specialist Dunn will not guarantee a Rockies reign at the top will come. However, this does help the team reach a point where their weaknesses are less evident. They are now an overall stronger team that is taking a step in the right direction.