Colorado Rockies’ Trade Values As The Offseason Approaches
Aug 28, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop J. Reyes (7) looks on in the on-deck circle against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Colorado Rockies’ players who saw their trade value decrease in 2015
Jose Reyes. This right here says it all about Jose Reyes:
Look, the Rockies need to trade Reyes this winter. Even ahead of some of the other guys on this list, Reyes absolutely must be traded over the winter, and if they go into spring with him still on the roster, that’d likely count as one massive failure on Bridich’s tally.
He has absolutely no value on this team the way it is presently constructed and considering who’s coming up (Cristhian Adames, Trevor Story). And yet… he’s had a sub-par two months in Colorado, he’s openly complained about playing here, and he’s making an insane amount of money.
Good luck, Jeff!
Wilin Rosario. After knocking 49 home runs between 2012 and 2013, Rosario had a tough year last year, in part due to his bad defense being exposed again and again behind the plate. Then, this year, he’s disappeared. He spent a portion of 2015 in AAA, of course, and now that he’s back in Denver, he’s (a) blocked from playing all the time by both Justin Morneau and Ben Paulsen, and (b) underwhelming at the plate and (most especially) in the field.
Rosario is not a first baseman, at least not right now. He’s also not a catcher any longer. I’m doubtful about right field and whatever other options are floated around. So basically, the Rockies are likely fielding offers from American League teams over a potential DH who had a down year at the plate, is currently getting on base 29% of the time, and who in 227 plate appearances this year has walked just seven times while striking out 52.
Good luck, Jeff!
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Boone Logan. Logan’s contract has been a disaster since day one, but now that he’s coming into his final season of it in 2016, he’s probably going to get put on the trading block for some team that needs a veteran left-handed reliever. Great! Do it. Do it ASAP. Any of the remaining $5.5 million on his contract that the Rockies can take off the books is, I guess, just an added bonus.
In two years in Denver (as of Thursday morning), Logan’s stats: 92 games, 58.2 IP, 70 H, 37 R, 36 ER, 28 BB, 73 K, 2-6, 5.52 ERA, 1.670 WHIP, 4.38 FIP.
Some things aren’t so awful in there (lots of strikeouts, FIP indicates he’s pitched better than his ERA), some are pretty bad (walks, runs, WHIP, just watching the guy), but the biggest issue is that those numbers are not worth $16.5 million. Any way you slice it, it’s an awful contract.
Granted, Logan has been much better against lefties than righties, so if a team (or even the Rockies) starts to use him the right way, he may acquit himself far better. Until then, though, he remains a likely trade piece that won’t fetch the Rockies much of anything in return.
I know, you guys already know what’s coming… Good luck, Jeff!
Jorge De La Rosa. JDLR is more of a guess about value than looking at the numbers and deducing a plan. That is, Jorge threw very well this year (he struck out more hitters per nine innings than he has at any point since 2009), but he also dealt with several injuries throughout the year, missing time at both the start and the end.
Considering his age and some of these nagging leg injuries, it might be somewhat tough to get something good back for JDLR this winter and/or next summer. He didn’t lose value like some of the other guys on this list; it’s more a case of being realistic about the difficulty the Rockies may find in trying to get back exciting pieces for a soon-to-be 35-year old starting pitcher.
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