The Rockies are not going to the make the playoffs. Breaking news at 10pm!
For the past few weeks there have been many Rockies fans who wanted to see the team unload some players and hopefully get something in return. The problem is the Rockies don’t have anything that any other GM in his right mind would want.
The list of players fans thought the team should move included Marco Scutaro, Michael Cuddyer, Rafael Betancourt, Ramon Hernandez, Jeremy Guthrie, Jason Giambi, Jeff Francis, any other middle reliever and maybe a guy like Chris Nelson.
Well, the non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone and the Rockies were silent today.
For Guthrie the Rockies got Jonathan Sanchez and in his first two starts for the Rockies he has pitched only 8 1/3 innings allowing 11 earned runs (three home runs). With Kansas City Guthrie has also made two starts and also allowed 11 earned runs (and three home runs) but has pitched 10 1/3 innings. It was simply a trash for trash trade. Both teams had to hope that a change in scenery would help the pitcher they were receiving. So far that has not been the case for neither squad.
For Scutaro the Rockies obtained 23 year old second base prospect Charlie Culberson. Culberson was a very late first round draft pick in 2007 (51st) and has yet to appear on any sort of list that ranks the top prospects in the minor leagues. In over 2500 plate appearances spanning six minor league seasons Culberson’s career triple slash is .258/.310/.379. Doubtful this kid ever plays in Coors Field.
The biggest benefit for these two trades for the Rockies is that they saved about $3 million.
The only guys that were rumored to be talked about over the past few days were Betancourt, Hernandez and Matt Reynolds. The Hernandez rumors were squashed because the Rockies asking price was too high. Not sure what Dan O’Dowd sees – ever – but apparently he overvalues Hernandez because those rumors died pretty quickly. It was not reported why Reynolds or Betancourt were not moved.
Let’s face it: the Rockies roster is basically trash and there isn’t much in the big leagues that anyone else wants. Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler would be the only two guys who would fetch a nice return and the Rockies aren’t moving either of them. No one wants old Giambi (especially if he is sick) or broken Hernandez. Francis is a retread that no team needs and the younger role players on the Rockies barely hit at Coors Field so why would any team think they will hit outside of Coors Field?
The Rockies are in a bad place. If they are looking to rebuild then they need to move someone like CarGo, but that would devastate the fan base. There isn’t anything else on the roster besides the untouchable three (Troy Tulowitzki being the third) that would bring back enough in return to start to stock the Rockies minor leagues. With the poor reports of Nolan Arenado this year the Rockies don’t even have much in their minor leagues to look forward to in the coming seasons. The fact that there weren’t any moves before today’s deadline is just another disappointment in the O’Dowd era.