Colorado Rockies trade pitchers Justin Lawrence and James Farris to Miami Marlins in exchange for pitcher Daniel Hudson and catcher/first baseman Tomas Telis
Yes, we made a deal with the Marlins! OK, maybe it wasn’t for Stanton but it helped shore up a couple of positions that we felt were needed.
Why we did it: At the FanSided meetings, Miami had acquired Pittsburgh’s Daniel Hudson in a trade and the Marlins GM flipped him over to the Rockies in our deal. We like that Hudson has familiarity with the NL West from his five-plus seasons in Arizona. We also think that Hudson can eat some innings in a middle relief role, perhaps freeing up Chris Rusin to be more of a specialist or late inning guy if needed. Take away horrid months in April and August last season and Hudson was solid for the Pirates, including a May through July stint where he surrendered just seven runs in 30.1 innings of work in middle relief.
Telis is the Wild Card of this trade, we believe. The Rockies like versatility and that’s where the catcher/first baseman can fit in. He can not only spell Desmond at first base but also Lucroy at catcher. He is not going to be an everyday player but he can provide a breather if needed in relief. A switch hitter, the 26-year-old Telis isn’t arbitration-eligible until 2020.
Giving up a couple of prospects for a couple of players who we felt could impact the Rockies in 2018 was worth the risk.