The Rockies will bolster the bullpen at the deadline
It’s deja vu all over again as Colorado and Toronto will make another deal this season.
Following in the footsteps of deals that sent Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto in 2015 and brought Seunghwan Oh to Denver last season right before the trade deadline, the Rockies and Blue Jays will once again work a trade this year as Ken Giles will be brought in to boost the back end of the Colorado bullpen.
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Here’s what MLBTradeRumors.com said about Giles in this article…
"Giles, 28, is earning $6.3MM and is arguably in the midst of his best season in the Majors. Through 31 innings, he’s pitched to a 1.45 ERA with a career-high 15.4 K/9 against 2.6 BB/9 and 0.58 HR/9. Josh Hader is the only qualified pitcher in baseball with a higher swinging-strike rate than Giles’ ridiculous 20.4 percent mark. Giles also ranks in the top 10 in terms of opponents’ chase rate (39.1 percent) and average fastball velocity (97.3 mph). With the Blue Jays in a rebuild and already well out of playoff contention, he’s among the safest bets to be traded in all of MLB."
There are plenty of teams looking at Giles but Colorado will pull off a deal and send a pair of prospects to the Blue Jays for the right-hander, knowing he’s under control through arbitration through the 2020 season.
Giles and Oberg can form the set-up men for closer Wade Davis. And, if Davis falters, either could move into the closer role.
That will be the biggest deal the Rockies pull. Why? Because, in the collective mind of Colorado’s leadership, the offense is performing well enough to win and there is enough belief that the rotation will come together as discussed earlier.
However, that still leaves Jake McGee as the lone left-hander in the Colorado bullpen. Here’s our prediction that ties in with that.