Let’s cut through the “mutual decision” nonsense. Jeff Bridich is now the former GM of the Rockies because he was fired. My imagination of most mutual decision making conversations go as follows:
“You’re gone, Jeff…but it’ll look better if you quit.”
“I like it here, why would I quit?”
“You can call it a mutual decision and take this here check as a parting gift, or we can fire you, and then find a reason to say it’s for cause, and you get squat from us.”
“I agree to be paid to leave rather than not paid and have to leave anyway.”
The move would have been surprising two years ago. The Rockies made the playoffs in 2017 and 2018. Then they signed Nolan Arenado to a $260M deal. Everyone was happy…then the team cratered in 2019 and things got worse last year. Arenado was disgruntled, and then got traded for not much with the Rockies still paying a significant part of his salary to play for the Cardinals. Trevor Story is set to be a free agent after the season and will likely command more than the Rockies want to pay. Expect him to be gone by the trade deadline. Charlie Blackmon can opt out after next season, and it’s hard to imagine him not doing so without either significant improvements to the team or his poor start this season suddenly becomes a trend. If he starts playing well, he becomes an only slightly less obvious trade candidate than Story. The Rockies have very quickly become a very bad team, and it’s no surprise the team’s GM took the fall for it.