Colorado Rockies trade news: Reliever Mychal Givens acquired from the Baltimore Orioles
According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Colorado Rockies are set to acquire Baltimore Orioles reliever Mychal Givens.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network is reporting on Twitter that the Colorado Rockies are going to acquire reliever Mychal Givens from the Baltimore Orioles.
The Rockies have announced the deal. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Rockies will send minor league infielders Tyler Nevin and Terrin Vavra to the Orioles along with a player to be named later or cash. MLB.com has Vavra ranked as the Rockies seventh-best prospect.
Givens, 30, made his MLB debut with the Orioles in the middle of the 2015 campaign and he has been one of their most reliable relievers since. In 2020 thus far, he has an ERA of 1.38 in 12 appearances with a WHIP of 1.000, a FIP of 2.60, while striking out more than 13 per nine innings and walking just north of four batters per nine innings.
He has been a set-up man for the Orioles in 2020 after he spent part of 2019 as the team’s closer. He had 11 saves in 2019 in 58 games, with an ERA of 4.57 (FIP of 4.50).
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He has been an MLB reliever for the Orioles full-time since 2016 and he has made at least 58 appearances in each since. He has also struck out at least ten batters per nine innings in all but one of those seasons and his walk rate (between 2016 and 2019) has been below four batters per nine innings.
According to Statcast, in 2020, Givens is in the top 12 percent of all pitchers in expected ERA, hard-hitting percentage, expected batting average against, strikeout percentage, expected weighted on-base average, and expected slugging percentage.
Givens will likely slot into the back-end of the Rockies bullpen and he is a free agent at the end of the 2021 campaign so the Rockies will still have him in 2021 as well.
The Rockies have about 24 hours to pull off any more trades that they want as the trade deadline is Monday at 2 p.m. (Mountain time). Their division rival, the San Diego Padres, have already acquired reliever Trevor Rosenthal from the Kansas City Royals and first baseman Mitch Moreland from the Boston Red Sox.
We will update this article with any further information on the trade.