Today the Rockies did what was inevitable: designate Jamie Moyer for assignment. This means that Moyer’s time with the Rockies is over. A team could claim him on waivers, if they so choose, and work a trade with the Rockies. If no one claims him he could go to AAA or opt to “retire”. Again. Most likely this is the last we have seen from Moyer. There aren’t many teams willing to give a roster spot to a guy who is nearly 50 and can’t throw harder than 80 mph.
Here is a great tweet from Jayson Stark on Moyer:
If this is it for Jamie Moyer, he’ll wind up 35th all-time in wins, 40th in innings, 16th in games started & 1st in “Oldest Since..” notes!
And another one from Rany Jazayerli:
I still think that Jamie Moyer could put up a sub-4 ERA in Petco Park. That doesn’t mean the Padres should sign him.
That sentiment is what some teams will certainly think. Why take a chance on a guy who is way over the hill when they could just try any number of younger guys and see what they have to offer? Any team in contention will not even consider Moyer, even the Philadelphia Phillies, whom Moyer pitched for before the Rockies in 2010, who just put their stud pitcher Roy Halladay on the DL for the next 6-8 weeks.
As noted on this space many times: Moyer was not going to succeed because he allows too many fly balls and his 1.8 homers per nine innings pitched is exactly what was expected by everyone except Dan O’Dowd. Apparently.
Rockies record same as when Clint Hurdle was fired
- In 2009 the Rockies were 18-28 when they fired Clint Hurdle.
- Right now in 2012 the Rockies are 19-29 and that record is only so “good” because they swept the doubleheader from the Houston Astros on Monday. Going into Monday the Rockies were 17-29.
- In 2008 after the Rockies went to the World Series in 2007 their record was 74-88.
- In 2011 the Rockies were 73-89.
- Going into Monday’s action the Rockies were three games WORSE by record over the same number of games spanning over a year’s action than when the Rockies decided to fire Hurdle.
- Why is Jim Tracy safe?
- Well, O’Dowd and the Rockies did settle with Hurdle from 2002-2006 in which his record was 352-436 for a .447 winning percentage.
I guess Rockies fans can expect another few years of Tracy because this organization does not hire or retain people for performance.
Troy Tulowitzki bunting
If you follow me on Twitter you know I like to tweet that a kitten dies every time Carlos Gonzalez or Troy Tulowitzki attempts a bunt and if they are successful in laying down a bunt then a puppy dies (I like puppies better so I don’t want to see as many of them die for such a stupid reason).
When Tulo laid down a bunt on Monday night here are some of his stats spanning the month of May going into that second game: .295/.380/.523 with five home runs (all in the last 10 games), nine extra base hits and only nine strikeouts in 100 plate appearances. I can guarantee that any opposing manager would love to see Tulo lay down a bunt and Brad Mills of the Astros was no exception.
Lay down a bunt whenever you want Tulo, opposing teams will gladly give you one bag as opposed to four.
Very little positive in sight
I have been asked more than a few times recently what the Rockies can do to get better. Answer? Not much. This team is so far away from being good there isn’t one position or one player that the team could bring in to make them better. The pieces this team does have aren’t valuable so they cannot make a trade, either.
I have seen two ridiculous suggestions on twitter recently: one being that the Rockies should go after Roy Oswalt and two being that they should resign Jason Marquis. No way Oswalt signs here, why would he? At this point in time no player in baseball wants to play in Denver. Why would they? Playoffs definitely aren’t happening. As for Marquis he just isn’t any good anymore and bringing in another pitcher way over the hill and past him prime doesn’t do the team any good.
At this point, much like last year, the team needs to let the kids play and see if any of them are any good. Unfortunately O’Dowd and Tracy will continue to use Marco Scutaro instead of Eric Young Jr. or DJ LeMahieu at second. They will continue to use Jeremy Guthrie on the mound instead of bring up Tyler Chatwood and letting him go.
Guys like Nolan Arenado are ready but he certainly isn’t going to change the Rockies fortune in 2012. Past Arenado there isn’t anyone in the minor leagues ready for the major’s and no one would certainly make a big impact on the team.
It is going to be a long season and most likely going to be a long 2013, too.