Braden Looper could fit Rockies’ needs
What the Rockies need is a versatile, veteran pitcher.
They would like to find a jack-of-all-roles, who could be the long reliever when everything else is in place, but is capable of starting when needed and could even provide some late-inning help.
Consider that right now the long man in the bullpen is rookie, who was promoted last weekend out of necessity, not desire, because lefty Greg Smith was moved into the rotation when went n the disabled list. Meanwhile, with closer sidelined, lefty is the closer, and there’s no clear-cut backup on days Morales might need rest or the Rockies face a particularly strong right-handed hitting lineup.
Enter Looper, who is still on the open market.
He has been a closer and a starter in the big leagues.
A former first-round pick of St. Louis, Looper appeared in at least 60 games each of his first eight full seasons in the big leagues. He was a starter the last four years, including going 14-7 with Milwaukee last season.
The fact Looper is unsigned in the light of a general pitching shortage in the big leagues underscores the fact that Looper might want to keep pitching, but he also wants to make sure he is comfortable with the situation. In other words, he is looking for the right opportunity, not necessarily the biggest payday.