Of the 30 MLB teams, there was only one team that did not make a trade at the trade deadline. That team was the Colorado Rockies.
The club has multiple impending free agents, including shortstop José Iglesias and starting pitcher Chad Kuhl. The club extended closer Daniel Bard for another two years, but it was an uneventful trade deadline.
So where do the Rockies go from here?
Where do the Rockies go from here after the trade deadline?
The Colorado Rockies put themselves in a bit of a quandary. They have not played well since the All-Star break and have not played well for most of the season. But most of the clubhouse and the front office believe they have what it takes to win going forward.
On this episode of the Rox Pile Rockies Report, my co-expert Kevin Henry and I discuss what paths the Rockies could take for the rest of the season.
Surprisingly, one path they have taken thus far is giving a bit more playing to corner infielder Elehuris Montero. On Thursday, they even moved third baseman Ryan McMahon to his former position (second base) to accommodate having Montero in the lineup at third base.
On Friday in Arizona, Montero is in the lineup at third base again.
The club has been known to stick with some of their veterans for too long but for Montero, he is blocked by McMahon at third base, C.J. Cron at first base, and (in large part) Charlie Blackmon as DH.
Since we recorded the podcast, the Rockies also claimed right-handed pitcher Dinelson Lamet off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers received him in the Josh Hader trade at the trade deadline but immediately designated him for assignment.
Lamet has struggled with the Padres this year but he has been ravaged by injuries. As a starter in 2020, though, he made 12 starts and had a 2.09 ERA with a 2.48 FIP, a 0.855 WHIP, and an average of 2.6 walks and 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings. He came in fourth in NL Cy Young Award voting.
You can check out our thoughts on the trade deadline and where the Rockies could be going moving forward below or wherever you download your podcasts.