Could one of the most reliable relievers for the Colorado Rockies be dealt away by Wednesday’s trade deadline? One article seems to think it is very possible.
In an article published on Monday morning, MLB.com’s Richard Justice lists the seven players who he feels are the most likely to be traded by the Major League Baseball trade deadline on Wednesday (which hits at 2 p.m. Mountain time). Among those on his list are Colorado Rockies reliever Scott Oberg.
Justice says in his article that “the Rockies are listening to offers for almost everyone.” However, Oberg would likely be considered one of Colorado’s juiciest trade pieces it would seem, thanks in part to his stellar last two seasons and the fact that he is under team control for another two seasons.
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Among the teams that could be a landing spot for Oberg if the Rockies decide to deal him are, according to Justice, the Houston Astros, Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves. As discussed in this article, the Astros have also been considered to be a potential landing spot for Colorado reliever Jake McGee if the Rockies decide to trade him.
Oberg, a 29-year-old right-hander, enters Monday’s play with a 5-1 record and 1.62 ERA in 50 innings spanning 43 games. That follows a 2018 campaign where he went 8-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 58.2 innings over 56 games.
If the Rockies were to deal Oberg, it could signal a potential teardown to come for the franchise. Oberg is, as mentioned above, not only team control through the 2021 campaign but also a reliable late option at Coors Field. This season, he’s 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA and has allowed just 15 hits in 2.62 innings while pitching in Denver. Sending him away would be trading one of Colorado’s most reliable options in a bullpen that has been anything but reliable this season.
Oberg has been mentioned as potential candidate to inherit the closer role should Colorado closer Wade Davis struggle in his role. Will the Rockies forego those thoughts and trade him away in hopes of landing a top prospect? We’ll be watching as Wednesday’s deadline draws ever nearer.