The Denver Post and the Baltimore Sun this morning are reporting a trade between the Rockies and the Orioles. The Rockies will acquire Jeremy Guthrie(47-65, 4.19) for Jason Hammel(34-45, 4.99) and Matt Lindstrom(12-15, 3.81).
Jason Hammel has had 2 winning seasons during his 6 year career, 2009 (10-8) and 2010 (10-9). Jeremy Guthrie’s only winning season came in 2007 when he went 7-5 with a 3.70 ERA through 8 seasons.
There’s hardly any love of this trade over on the Baltimore Sun website (here) from an Orioles fans perspective. As a Rockies fan and blogger I can say that I don’t feel much about this trade. Maybe the move to the National League will be good for Guthrie. Hammel returns to the American League, where he began his career with the then Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Since July 30th of the 2011 season(Ubaldo trade) most every move Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd has made thus far continues to set this team backwards for the upcoming 2012 season. The trade of Ty Wiggington yesterday to the Phillies makes very little sense, if any at all, as the hole at third base just got bigger. Say what you want about Wiggy’s stats last season (.242, 15, 47), but with Wiggy on the roster there is at least some Major League experience at the position(and at the plate), alot more than Ian Stewart and Jordan Pacheco have brought to the hot corner. If nothing else you keep Wigginton on the roster and let he and Stewart and possibly Pacheco battle it out in spring training for the starting job. Pacheco isn’t ready to start the 2012 season on the Rockies roster and Stewart, who knows? He’s got alot of work to do if he is going to remain with this team.
“We are trying to reshape our club and this made sense,” general manager Dan O’Dowd said. – Denver Post
What sense does this make Dan? Please tell me. From a monetary standpoint, yes it does makes sense, you saved the club a couple of mil. Wiggy’s $4 million doesnt break the bank, but the return on the trade of $100K or a player to be named later does no good to the Rockies who need to win NOW. O’Dowd again goes for trading certainty for uncertainty and that uncertainty is a “player to be named later”. Not only that, the uncertainty is that Stewart or Pacheco can be the definitive answer for the Rockies at third base. Just like O’Dowd is hoping that Alex White and Drew Pomeranz can do the same in the pitching rotation. All the while he is hoping, the fans have to settle for what is going to be another mediocre (if not less than) season for the Rockies in 2012. I will say it now, the Rockies will NOT win the NL West next season(DUH!) and will do good to finish 4th within the division. Is it too early to ask when the 2012 NFL season starts?
Jim Armstrong has an article in today’s Denver Post on the Rockies and the idea of landing a “big ticket” player in the offseason. To that, I and numerous Rockies fans say, “We’ll believe it when we see it.”
We hear this every off season in some way shape or form. Take for instance the quote from Dick Monfort.
“We have to be open minded,” Monfort said, “but you’re not going to go out and sign (Jose) Reyes.”
Being open minded means that they will sit back and see what player fits their tight (by that I mean cheap) wallets and fans wont see any significant move made especially to the pitching staff. Where it seems every offseason they find one or two pitchers with a below average record and talent, sign him in hopes of rehabilitating a career, if only for the current season while the younger guys develop in the minors. Sounds cheap if you ask me. I like O’Dowd’s quote on winning the division.
“In this division, you win or lose with starting pitching.”
Well please Mr. O’Dowd tell us how long it took you to figure that one out? But yet you placed a somewhat inexperienced starting rotation on the field last season, hoping to strike lightning and in return you got nothing and the fans got nothing. And in the meantime trading your ace Ubaldo Jimenez for prospects and setting the organization back 2-3 seasons while we wait to see what sort of prize(s) we are hopeful to get inside a stale box of Cracker Jack.
Again please prove the fans wrong and make some significant moves this offseason that will make this team better and not to mention a contender. We’re four seasons removed from a World Series appearance and the window is closing fast with a few of the players on this team.
OK, not much is really known in detail still as to why Rockies pitcher Drew Pomeranz was arrested early this morning in Oxford, MS for disturbing the peace. But the Rockies did release the following statement.
“The Rockies organization is aware of the unfortunate incident involving Drew Pomeranz that took place in Oxford, Mississippi. We have been in contact with Drew and his representatives and we will continue to gather more information. Both Drew and our organization understand the serious nature of the situation.”
I cant say that this really bothers me at all. Actually I kind of like the idea that the Rockies organization as far as the players are not perfect. And I mean not just at the plate or on the hill either. Everyone cant be a choir boy. One fan on denverpost.com blog, On the Rox, went as far as to label it the “Curse of Ubaldo”. I have to say I like that.
But let’s see it for what it is. Whatever happened, it was away from the team, during the offseason, he didnt kill anyone, sleep with 15 different women, etc. As far as I’m concerned this is a, “Move along folks, there’s nothing to see here” issue. Besides what Lackey, Beckett and Lester did in the clubhouse numerous times this season with the Red Sox is far worse than this and they weren’t breaking any laws.
It’s not like the Rockies have a conveyor belt of bad boys coming through the organization, at least not since Denny Neagle’s arrest for soliciting a woman for oral sex in 2004.
This just in. The Denver Post is reporting the Ubaldo Jimenez will be placed on the disabled list retroactive to April 2nd. Greg Reynolds will get the call up to start in Jimenez’ place.
The Rockies have the day off today coming after yesterday’s postponement due to inclement weather against the D’backs. I’ve never really agreed with the idea of starting the season, playing a 3 game series then the team having a day off. Coming out of spring training teams should play at least a week before having a day off. Unfortunately for the Rockies the extra day off before the Dodgers series means the Rockies cant get into any sort of groove going into the series. While the Dodgers have 4 games under their belt already after a 7-5 victory over the Giants on Sunday night.
HOT and NOT’S – A brief look at who’s hot and who’s not coming into this series.
HOT LIST – DODGERS
Matt Kemp – 5 for 12 against the Giants, a .533 on base percentage, .417 batting average, 4 runs scored, and 3 RBIs.
Clayton Kershaw – 1-0, 0.00 ERA through 7 innings.
Jonathan Broxton – 3 saves in as many appearances.
NOT LIST – DODGERS
James Loney – 2 for 15 against the Giants with a .133 batting average
HOT LIST – ROCKIES
Chris Iannetta – 3 for 6 against the D’backs, 3 runs scored, .625 on base percentage, .833 slugging percentage
Carlos Gonzalez – 4 for 9 against D’backs, 5 total bases, .556 slugging percentage.
NOT LIST – ROCKIES
Troy Tulowitzki – 0 for 8 through first two games.
Jhoulys Chacin (0-0) will go up against Clayton Kershaw (1-0) Tuesday evening at Coors Field, game time 6:10pm
EXTRA BASES – The Denver Post this morning reports that a Major League Baseball “Authenticator” will be on hand at each Rockies home game to monitor baseballs from the humidor to the game. Story here. I guess the crying sessions the Giants put up last season got them the result they somewhat desired.
Also Troy Renck of the Denver Post writes about catcher Chris Iannetta taking ownership of the catcher’s position. Honestly Iannetta had no other choice. Time will tell as the season moves along. Iannetta who batted .197 last season is currently batting .500, going 3 for 6 in the teams first two games of 2011. Last season after the first two games of the season Iannetta went 0 for 6.
Maybe it’s time to give credit to the Rox new hitting coach Carney Lansford or maybe, just maybe Iannetta is channeling Yankees catcher Thurman Munson with his new mustache and hair growth. Tell me I’m not the only person who thought upon seeing Iannetta’s new look this season that he didnt remind you right away of Thurman Munson. If channeling Munson improves Iannetta’s batting average this season, I’m all for it! Munson who also played catcher was a lifetime .292 hitter over 11 seasons with the Yankees before a tragic plane accident took his life in 1979.
Rangers infielder and DH Michael Young has been a target of the Rockies for a minute and with Young having recently demanded a trade from the Rangers, the Rockies might have a chance to land him. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports the Rockies arent very optimistic about their chances.
If you paid any attention to the Dallas Morning News from this past weekend, they reported that FOXSports.com had the Rangers trading Michael Young to the Rockies in place by as soon as today. But there is also the report of the Rangers sending mixed signals. FOXSports.com story here.
The Angels and Phillies are two other teams that have interest in Michael Young. The Bleacher Report on Philly.com has the top trades for the Phillies if they are to acquire Michael Young.
Out of the 8 possible teams interested in Young, no team currently has an advantage in acquiring his services.
Michael Young has a career .300 batting average over 11 seasons and in 2010 hit 21 homeruns, 91 RBIs with a .284 average.