3 trade targets for the Colorado Rockies from the Houston Astros

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 27: Ryan Pressly #55 of the Houston Astros delivers the pitch against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning in Game Two of the World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 27, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 27: Ryan Pressly #55 of the Houston Astros delivers the pitch against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning in Game Two of the World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 27, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, Ryne Stanek
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 31: Ryne Stanek #45 of the Houston Astros celebrates after retiring the side against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning in Game Five of the World Series at Truist Park on October 31, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Houston Astros reliever Ryne Stanek is another bullpen option for the Colorado Rockies to consider

Back in October when we looked at one trade target for the Colorado Rockies to look at from each and every MLB team, reliever Ryne Stanek was our pick for the Houston Astros.

Stanek, 30, appeared in 72 games for the Astros in 2021 and had a 3.42 ERA. He had an ERA+ of 126, and FIP 4.11, a WHIP of 1.215, and a strikeout rate of nearly 11 batters per nine innings. His biggest problem was his walk rate as he walked nearly 5 batters per nine innings.

In 2020, he pitched for the Marlins but he was injured for part of the season so he only appeared in nine games but in 2019, he split the season between the Marlins and the Tampa Bay rays and he had an ERA of 3.97 and 63 games (27 “starts”). He was a “starter” because he was an opener for Tampa and, really, he was the first opener ever.

He did well in the opener role in 2019 but he also did well in it in 2018 for Tampa as he had a 2.98 ERA in 55 games, 29 of which were as an opener. He had an ERA+ a 138, a FIP of 3.55, a WHIP of 1.085 and a 3:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Other than the walkway being elevated, the Rockies may be concerned with his ground ball and flyball rate as his ground ball rate is only at 33 percent in his career while his flyball rate is nearly 48 percent and it is career, which is more than 15 percent above league average

Like Maton, under the current CBA, he is eligible for arbitration for the second time this off-season and he will get roughly $2.1 million in arbitration this off-season. Under the current CBA, the Rockies would have two years of control on him.

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