There is an argument to be made that Scott Oberg is Colorado’s most valuable trade chip at the moment. Jon Morosi of MLB Network has tweeted that the Rockies aren’t thinking of trading the 29-year-old right-hander … yet. That should be changed to “the Rockies aren’t thinking of trading the 29-year-old right-hander … period.”
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Yes, Oberg’s 1.35 ERA this season is very attractive as is his contract for the rest of this season ($1.3 million) and the fact that he is under arbitration control until 2022. There is plenty for potential suitors to love about Oberg. But there’s also plenty for the Rockies to love about him as well.
Remember this, the Rockies are not in a complete fire sale mode. There are plenty of pieces returning next season, including Arenado, Story, Charlie Blackmon and David Dahl, four players who made the All-Star Game this season. Sending off Oberg who, despite Wade Davis coming back next season, should be in the competition for the closer role makes absolutely zero sense.
Just remember this … Oberg’s ERA at Coors Field this season is 1.69. Last season, it was 2.23. Oberg has become a rock in an era where Coors Field has been a monster. And that’s been for an extended period of time. Why would the Rockies give that up?