Colorado Rockies: Should they trade for some of the Marlins relievers?
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Barraclough is the guy who, perhaps, is the best of the four relievers. In his first three seasons, he had an ERA of 2.87. He was striking out more than 12 batters per nine innings but walking more than five.
However, he has reached another level in 2018. He striking out batters at a lesser rate (9.8 per nine innings) but his walk rate is not great (5.0 per nine innings) but his ERA is an excellent 1.31 in 42 games, a WHIP of 0.944. The reason why it is so low is that he only allows 3.5 hits per nine innings which, with a high walk rate, is a silver lining.
He’s a free agent after the 2021 season so the Rockies, if they were to acquire him, they would have some 3+ years of control, which would help out tremendously. He is also only making a little over $1.1 million this year so he is affordable.
The Rockies really should go out and get at least one of these four relievers. While the three that are most palatable would cost more in the way of prospects (or cash to the Marlins), the salary for them and the perk of having them long term would be something to give the Rockies (and fans) a little bit of confidence and show that they are not afraid from showing that they may have been wrong. This considering that their free agent signings for the bullpen have, by and large, not panned out (e.g. Mike Dunn, Jake McGee, Bryan Shaw, and, to a much lesser extent, Wade Davis).
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