Colorado Rockies complete trades with Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox

On Friday, the Colorado Rockies completed their 2020 trade deadline deals with both the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox.

The Colorado Rockies made two major acquisitions at the 2020 trade deadline, landing relief pitcher Mychal Givens from the Baltimore Orioles and outfielder Kevin Pillar from the Boston Red Sox. Both deals included a player to be named later and, on Friday, we learned the players that the Rockies would be sending to the two American League squads.

In exchange for Givens, the Rockies sent minor League outfielder Mishael Deson to Baltimore. The 18-year-old Deson was originally inked by Colorado on July 7, 2018, as an International free agent out of La Romana, Dominican Republic. In 2019 for the Colorado DSL affiliates, he appeared in a combined 61 games , slashing .252/.327/.336 in 250 at-bats with 14 doubles, two triples, one home run, 20 RBI, and 23 stolen bases.

Baltimore has added Deson to the team’s player pool.

Along with Deson, the Rockies sent prospects Tyler Nevin and Terrin Vavra to the Orioles at the time of the trade. Both were ranked among Colorado’s top 15 prospects. It was a seemingly high price to pay for Givens. However, the 30-year-old right-hander has another year of arbitration coming in 2021, meaning he will be a part of what will likely be a new-look Colorado bullpen next season.

Meanwhile, Colorado shipped 22-year-old right-handed pitcher Jacob Wallace to the Red Sox to finish off the Pillar deal.

Wallace was a third-round pick for the Rockies in 2019 out of the University of Connecticut. That’s the same school which produced current Colorado reliever Scott Oberg (now on the injured list after suffering blood clots in his right arm).

MLB.com had Wallace ranked as the 20th overall prospect after making 22 relief appearances last season for Class A (short season) Boise. He was named a Northwest League mid-season All-Star after posting a 1.29 ERA (allowing just three runs in 21 innings of work) and 0.86 WHIP. Opponents batted .129 against him as he recorded 12 saves in 13 opportunities.

While Colorado were hoping that Givens and Pillar would inject some life into the team’s playoff chances, the Rockies sit at a season-high six games under .500 after suffering their second consecutive blowout loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on Friday night.