The Colorado Rockies, unlike years past, placed themselves in the heart of the action today at Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings. It appeared that trade talks for starting pitcher Brett Anderson had fizzled and nothing would come from them. In a pleasant surprise, the team made a deal that sent Drew Pomeranz to the Oakland A’s. In addition to that, they got in the mix for a possible trade for reliever Sean Marshall and were even mentioned in grumblings for Joba Chamberlain.
You know what they say about the Rockies and 2013 Winter Meetings…never a dull moment.
- Possible trade for a relief pitcher, though it sounds like any trade with the Kansas City Royals for a bullpen arm, Tim Collins, Aaron Crow, or Luke Hochevar, is dead. Still possibly in on Marshall (LHP, Cincinnati)
Free Agent Targets
- Starting pitchers: Jason Hammel, Bartolo Colon (long shot)
- Relief pitchers: Jesse Crain, Joba Chamberlain, Joaquin Benoit (long shot), Grant Balfour (long shot)
- Position players: Michael Young, Michael Morse, Corey Hart (unlikely)
Moves so far this off-season
- Traded Dexter Fowler to the Houston Astros for Jordan Lyles and Brandon Barnes
- Signed Justin Morneau
- Traded Pomeranz and Jensen to the A’s for Anderson
For today it’s hard to focus on anything other than the starting rotation, which shows serious promise. If you’re slotting Anderson and Tyler Chatwood into the 3rd and 4th spots in your rotation you are, dare I say, doing something right. And if the Rockies can somehow land a quality bullpen arm this week, it might be cause for a cautious brand of December optimism.