Colorado Rockies: Sunday’s News and Rumors Roundup
By Kevin Henry
We talked in this article about how the Colorado Rockies added to their catching depth through an underrated move in the Rule 5 draft by adding Anthony Bemboom. Of course, for the Rockies to add catching depth, a catcher had to leave the organization. In the minors, that meant the odd man out was Jackson Williams.
Williams, who spent time in Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque last season, has accepted a spring training invite by the Pittsburgh Pirates after declaring free agency in November. The 30-year-old catcher saw action with the Rockies in 2014, playing in seven games and hitting one homer with three RBI.
Miller joins Twins
Jim Miller, who was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 2004 and pitched in the Colorado system for three seasons, has signed a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins. Prior to the start of the 2007 season, Miller was sent to Baltimore as part of the trade that moved Rodrigo Lopez to Colorado.
Thoughts on Trumbo
According to a tweet from Bob Nightingale of USA Today, it looks like the Seattle Mariners might be out of the hunt for another big bat such as Mark Trumbo.
The loss of a first-round draft pick seems to be scaring some teams away from pursuing Trumbo. However, that won’t be a problem for the Rockies. They’ve already surrendered the 11th overall pick in next year’s draft to the Texas Rangers after signing Ian Desmond.
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If the Rockies obtain Trumbo from the Baltimore Orioles, it would cost a second-round pick. While it is another pick in next year’s draft the Rockies would lose, it’s certainly an easier pill to swallow since the first-round pick is off the table anyway.
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Speaking of the Mariners and Orioles…
Former Colorado outfielder Seth Smith has a new home in Baltimore after being sent there in a trade on Friday that brings pitcher Yovani Gallardo to the Pacific Northwest.