Colorado Rockies: Looking at some of the trades from the Dan O’Dowd era

DENVER, CO - APRIL 13: (L-R) Dick Monfort, Owner/Chairman and CEO of the Colorado Rockies and Dan O'Dowd, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Colorado Rockies watch pregame festivities as the Rockies host the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field on April 13, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 13: (L-R) Dick Monfort, Owner/Chairman and CEO of the Colorado Rockies and Dan O'Dowd, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Colorado Rockies watch pregame festivities as the Rockies host the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field on April 13, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) /
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DENVER – MAY 16: Pitcher Mike Hampton #10 of the Colorado Rockies throws a pitch during the MLB game against the Florida Marlins at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, on May 16, 2002. The Rockies beat the Marlins 10-3. DIGITAL IMAGE (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
DENVER – MAY 16: Pitcher Mike Hampton #10 of the Colorado Rockies throws a pitch during the MLB game against the Florida Marlins at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, on May 16, 2002. The Rockies beat the Marlins 10-3. DIGITAL IMAGE (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) /

11/16/02–Traded Mike Hampton, Juan Pierre and cash to the Florida Marlins. Received Vic Darensbourg, Charles Johnson, Pablo Ozuna and Preston Wilson.

O’Dowd signed starter Mike Hampton to a long-term contract that ended up being a total disaster. So, after two seasons in Denver, O’Dowd traded Hampton to dump his contract. He was traded by the Marlins two days later to the Braves for two fringe prospects. Hampton would have been helpful for the Marlins in 2003 but they didn’t need him as they won the World Series against the New York Yankees in six games without him

Somebody that helped out that team a lot, though, was Juan Pierre. He was good in two full seasons with the Rockies so he was already proven when he was traded. He played in five straight seasons (810 games) before having a game off (Opening Day 2008) after leaving the Rockies. He had between 45 and 65 stolen bases in each of those five seasons, ranked in MVP voting twice, averaged a .299 batting average, and had 200 or more hits in three of the five seasons (he had 196 in 2007).

Darensbourg had a brief Rockies career as he pitched in three games with the team before being traded to Montreal.

Johnson was the Rockies starting catcher for the 2003 and 2004 seasons but he was on the back nine of his career. He won 4 Gold Glove Awards but none since 1998. He was an All-Star in 2001 but between 2002 and 2005 (the final year of his MLB career), he had an OPS+ of 86 compared to a 101 OPS+ from 1995 through 2001.

Ozuna only played 17 games with the Rockies in the majors before he was released after the 2003 season.

Wilson had a great 2003 season for the Rockies as he a .282/.343/.537 slash line with 36 home runs and a league-leading 141 RBI. He was an All-Star and came in 16th in MVP voting.

In 2004, though, he was injured and in the middle of the ’05 season, he was traded to Washington.

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