These players could be on the Rockies Opening Day roster:
SP: Jamie Moyer (49 years old): career ERA+ of 104. ERA+ of 84 and 85 in his most two recent seasons or below average.
C: Ramon Hernandez (36): Quality OPS+ of 112 and 113 in his past two seasons.
1B: Todd Helton (38): Rockies all-time everything but if recent trends continue the even seasons are not quality for the Toddfather (OPS+ of 99 in 2008 and 87 in 2010).
3B: Casey Blake (38): Has not had an OPS+ above 100 since 2009.
LF: Michael Cuddyer (33): OPS+ of 121 last year was nice, let’s hope he can replicate.
I know all the talk on the Internet is that Dan O’Dowd was looking to make a culture change in the Rockies clubhouse but I didn’t realize he wanted to clubhouse to be a competitive environment of Bridge and Bingo.
We can add another geriatric player to the Rockies roster: Marco Scutaro. The Rockies made a deal today with the Boston Red Sox. The Rox sent Clayton Mortensen to the Red Sox in return for Scutaro. Scutaro will be 36 years old in 2012 and fit right in with the rest of the Rockies when they hit the YMCA for their bi-weekly water aerobics class.
Scutaro has a career OPS+ of 93 and only in 2009 (OPS+ of 108) and last season (OPS+ of 110) has he finished better than your average MLB’er in OPS when park factors and league averages are taken into account. Scutaro’s career triple slash of .270/.338/.389 is not really all that spectacular but in ’11 he did finish with a .299/.358/.423 line in 113 games with the SAWKS! His BABIP was a bit higher than normal in 2011 but nothing to be concerned of and while I know there have been quite a few studies saying that other players in a batting order do not impact any other player I would have to say that batting in front of or near the likes of Ortiz, Youk, Pedroia and Ellsbury has to help in some way.
I think this is a good trade for the Rockies because Mortensen is nothing more than a middle reliever but I am concerned that knowing Jim Tracy there is no way guys like Eric Young Jr., Jonathan Herrera and newly acquire D.J. LeMahieu get a shot at the second base job in the coming season. Tracy always prefers veterans over anyone under the age of 30.
I am very excited for baseball to start again but it is growing increasingly difficult to see the Rockies finishing above .500 in 2012.