Colorado Rockies rumors: Deal for right-handed reliever coming soon?
The Colorado Rockies have been quiet so far as the countdown to the Major League Baseball trade deadline ticks down. However, that could change at any moment, according to Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post.
In a tweet on Wednesday afternoon, Saunders says, “I have been told that the #Rockies will make a move for a right-handed reliever. We’ll see.”
It has long been rumored that the Rockies would be looking to shore up their bullpen before the trade deadline, and the tweet by Saunders seems to indicate some of the rumors indicating that could well be true.
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Among the names who have been linked to the Rockies previously in this article who are right-handed relievers include Baltimore’s Brad Brach and Miami’s AJ Ramos.
Ramos has been one of the names who has been linked to the Rockies the most throughout the trade rumor season. The 30-year-old Ramos has been with the Marlins for six seasons. Over the last three campaigns, Ramos has piled up 91 saves. This season, he has put together a 2-4 mark and 3.76 ERA, heading into Wednesday’s action.
In his career, Ramos is 15-16 with a 2.79 ERA. He has 378 strikeouts, 172 walks and 1.224 WHIP. He is signed through the 2017 season but will be a free agent at the end of the season.
Brach, meanwhile, has a 2-2 record and 2.70 ERA heading into Wednesday’s action. He has 46 strikeouts in 43.1 innings.
In his fourth season with the Orioles and seventh season overall, the 31-year-old Brach has a career record of 27-16, 2.93 ERA and 1.207 WHIP.
Pat Neshek of the Phillies has also been mentioned in the past. Could those talks heat back up? Our cousins at That Ball’s Outta Here think so.
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Certainly there have been other relievers who have been linked to the Rockies. However, we focused on right-handers in this article.
Heading into Wednesday, Colorado was 25th out of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams in terms of reliever ERA, coming in at 4.53. Closer Greg Holland has a 1.72 ERA, so finding a stronger bridge to get to Holland is a priority for the Rockies as the postseason draws near.