As the MLB trade deadline approaches later in the week, the Colorado Rockies shook up their roster by adding infielder Rio Ruiz to the active roster. To make room for Ruiz, the Rockies released Matt Adams.
Here’s what to know about Tuesday’s roster move by the Colorado Rockies.
Ruiz was claimed off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles in late May. Ruiz played in 32 games for the Orioles this season, logging a .222/.286/.427 slash in 185 at-bats. In his six-year career between the Orioles and the Atlanta Braves, Ruiz has career slash numbers of .214/.290/.364 in 814 at-bats.
The 27-year-old, left-handed-hitting Ruiz has played second and third base for the Orioles this season, as well as logged minimal time in the outfield and first base as well during his career. Since being acquired by the Rockies, Ruiz has been in Triple-A Albuquerque and hit .314 in 172 at-bats, playing primarily second and third base but with first and left field sprinkled in as well.
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On the surface, Ruiz, who will wear number 14, seems to bring the versatility the Rockies covet in their players.
Adams, meanwhile, could never be the offensive force the Rockies hoped he would be when they signed him in late March and calling him up in late April. With injuries and inconsistency at the plate, Adams carded just 36 at-bats in a Rockies uniform, posting a .167/.250/.194 slash line with no homers and a pair of RBI.
Since coming back from an elbow injury on July 10, Adams totaled just five at-bats and had just one hit.
Bottom line, look for Ruiz to get spot playing time with Colorado’s current roster makeup with sporadic starts. The move is likely for depth rather than an immediate impact.