Colorado Rockies rumors: Rockies will not sell unless they collapse soon
Barring a complete collapse before the trade deadline, the Colorado Rockies will not be sellers, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick.
While this news may not come as a complete surprise to Rockies fans with the team sitting at 46-45 heading into Wednesday’s home game against the National League West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks, it still helps clear up some of the “what if” talk surrounding the Rockies. What if the Rockies can’t make up a lot of ground in the standings heading into the All-Star break? It sounds as if the Rockies won’t be looking to deal off DJ LeMahieu, Adam Ottavino or any other piece of a team that was built to contend for a division title this season but has fallen sort of expectations so far.
Colorado enters Wednesday’s play sitting in fourth place in the NL West, 4.5 games behind the Diamondbacks in the division standings. That’s the same amount they trail in the race for the second Wild Card spot.
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According to Crasnick, the Boston Red Sox did call the Rockies and ask about Ottavino and closer Wade Davis. However, the conversation didn’t apparently last long with the Rockies still chasing their second consecutive postseason berth. If Colorado shakes off its doldrums and makes the playoffs this season, it would mark the first time in franchise history they will have appeared in the postseason in back-to-back campaigns.
It is little surprise that the Red Sox would call to check on Ottavino, who is putting together an All-Star season despite being snubbed for the NL All-Star roster. He currently boasts a 1.74 ERA and has 63 strikeouts in 41.1 innings of work. He also has allowed just four hits in 18.2 innings pitched at Coors Field.
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Perhaps a little more of a surprise is Boston’s inquiry on Davis, who was signed to a three-year, $52 million deal in December as part of Colorado’s attempt to build a “super bullpen.” Davis has 25 saves in 29 opportunities in his first year with the Rockies and is seen as part of Colorado’s long-term plan with its bullpen.