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Rockies Sign Righty Bryan Shaw, Re-Sign Lefty Jake McGee

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The Colorado Rockies have signed Bryan Shaw and re-signed Jake McGee to identical three-year, $27 million deals with a fourth-year option, MLB.com’s Thomas Harding reports.

Both deals became official on Friday.

As the Rockies are uncertain whether or not Greg Holland will return as the team’s closer after locking up 41 saves in 2017, they’re reportedly keeping other options for a proven closer. Adding Shaw and re-signing McGee, two successful relievers, puts them in a good position to fill that spot.

Shaw, 30, has spent the last five years with the Cleveland Indians, appearing in 378 games (all in relief) during that stretch while posting an ERA of 3.11 in 358 2/3 innings. Since 2014, he’s been in the top-two in the American League in appearances each season. Prior to Cleveland, he began his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011-12 (97 relief appearances, 3.18 ERA in 87 2/3 innings)

“I know a few guys on the team (Colorado) that I’ve played with in the past,” said Shaw. “And they really enjoy this organization, and players that have left this organization have nothing but amazing and great things to say about the clubhouse, the city, the front office- everything that happens out here.”

Shaw’s signing gives the Rockies some insurance after losing free agent right-handed veteran Pat Neshek to the Philadelphia Phillies; Neshek posted a 2.45 ERA for Colorado in 28 games last year after being acquired prior to the trade deadline.

McGee, 31, will be entering his third season with the Rockies. In 2017, he posted a 3.61 ERA in 62 games across 57 1/3 innings. In eight Major League seasons since 2010 (spent first six with the Tampa Bay Rays), he’s posted a 3.15 ERA in 416 games- all in relief- with a 10.3 strikeout-per-nine ratio.

“From the first year I was here (Colorado) to how well we played last year, the whole clubhouse together, the whole culture is pretty cool to be around,” said McGee. “It’s a winning culture now. For us to make the Wild Card and this year build off it, have a stronger team going forward, it’s going to be awesome.”

In addition to Holland, other options at closer that the Rockies are reportedly looking into are Wade Davis, Zach Britton, Alex Colome, and Kelvin Herrera, Harding reports.

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Rockies Place Tyler Anderson On IL

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The Colorado Rockies have placed left-hander Tyler Anderson on the 10-day injured list due to left knee inflammation, according to an official team announcement.

Anderson, 29, has struggled to start the season, giving up 11 runs over his first 2 starts of the 2019 campaign.

In a corresponding move, the Rockies have recalled right-hander Yency Almonte from Triple-A.

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Rockies Sign Jorge De La Rosa

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The Colorado Rockies have signed left hander Jorge De La Rosa who was brought back to the organization via a minors deal.

De La Rosa, 38, spent 9 years with the Rockies, pitching to the tune of a 4.35 ERA during that span, and spent the last two seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs.

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Rockies Call Up Pat Valaika

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The Colorado Rockies have called up infielder Pat Valaika to fill the roster spot of the injured Daniel Murphy, according to The Athletic’s Nick Groke.

Valaika is coming off a red hot Spring Training in which he clubbed 4 homers in 49 at bats.

At this time is appears as though Valaika will serve in a bench role, as Ryan McMahon will take Murphy’s starting job during his absence.

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