Colorado Rockies Trade Rumors: No News is Good News?
The Colorado Rockies had another good win tonight, beating the New York Mets 7-2 and improving their record to 52-52, the first time the team has been at .500 since May 21. It is still all quiet on the western front on the trade front – other than the Blue Jay’s supposed interest in reliever Boone Logan, the Rockies trade machine has been very quiet with now less than 48 hours to the non-waiver trade deadline.
Logan may well still get traded by Monday, but only if the right deal is struck. The other major trade chips, such as Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon and Jorge De La Rosa don’t seem to be going anywhere.
Manager Walt Weiss said today he is happy with the current makeup of the Rockies roster and doesn’t need to see any deadline moves, per Thomas Harding of MLB.com:
"“I feel we’re in a good place right now,” Weiss said. “I know around the Trade Deadline, everybody wants to put you in two categories. You’re either a buyer or a seller. It doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. We have some pieces at the Minor League level that may be coming into the picture soon, too. I feel good about where we’re at."
Bridich has held up on the trade talk (at least publicly) wanting to see how the team performed post the All-Star break. After tonight, the team is 12-4 and is over the mental hurdle of being below .500. The Rockies have the best record in the league on the road of holding the home team to three runs or less (32 games).
Yes, our Colorado Rockies have managed this feat!
Harding also mentioned another pitcher who has struggled this season and is back at Triple-A Albuquerque – Eddie Butler. He was mentioned as possibly seeing a benefit out of a “change of scenery” which a contending team might see the benefit of picking up a guy who can be a starter or reliever.
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Other than Butler, the talk has dried up on players being moved such as Nick Hundley and Mark Reynolds. The Rockies, after bringing up David Dahl, might be planning on bringing up other minor league talent, per Harding:
"It’s possible help will come from the system. Colorado called up outfield prospect David Dahl from Albuquerque last Sunday and has started him in every game. Righty Jeff Hoffman (part of the Tulowtizki deal) and lefty Kyle Freeland were Top 10 Draft picks in 2014, and are at Albuquerque, as is fast-rising righty reliever Matt Carasiti. Double-A Hartford outfielder Raimel Tapia, who entered Saturday leading the Eastern League in batting, is on the 40-man roster."
With the Rockies on this winning roll (nine wins in their last 10 games), it is probably the right thing to do to keep this team intact. Unless Bridich is “blown away” by a trade offer, the current makeup is good enough and it is all being led by the pitching.
Who would have thought this just a month ago?
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