With the trade deadline fast approching in the next 3 days my question to you would be, are the Rockies done dealing? The Rockies acquired Rafael Betancourt last week in a trade with the Indians who were looking to unload 5 million from their payroll and in return got Rockies pitching prospect Connor Graham. A much needed arm in the bullpen for the remainder of the season for very little cost, basic economics.
Aside from the dilusional thoughts by many especially in the local media of Roy “Doc” Halladay coming to Coors Field which was never going to happen. Do you think the Rockies should stand pat with the roster they have as they make their way to a possible 2nd post season appearance in 3 years? Or do they maybe go after another need like maybe another pitcher or a big bat? I do believe that the Rockies did (and maybe still do) have an offer ready to go should a division rival like the Dodgers or Giants made an offer to the Blue Jays for Halladay. I dont believe you begin depleting your farm system for a guy you have a 50-50 chance (if that much) of resigning at the end of his contract in 2010. Not that the Rockies would be completely depleting their farm system with the amount of tremendous they currently have, but you get where I’m going with this.
So what more do the Rox need if anything? If the Rockies are not done dealing I would wager they go after another bat. If last night’s game against the Mets was any indication, this team needs to be better at scoring runs. But it has to be a major upgrade over what they currently have. It has to be someone with major league experience and ability to hit and manufacture runs. There is a serious I-25-like backup at the outfield positions with Fowler, Hawpe, Smith, Gonzalez and Spilly. Spilly the talk of a few trade rumors early on may be the one player to move. You don’t win league titles, division pennants and championships today with the promise of future potential or tremendous upside. Ken Rosenthal and Foxsports.com reported yesterday that the Rockies are done dealing it seems. I wouldn’t bet against that just yet. Be it a bigger bat in the lineup or another arm to the pitching staff, the Rockies I can’t believe aren’t yet done dealing.
The Rockies and Red Sox are at it again it seems. The two teams were in somewhat heavy trade talks 2 years ago about Todd Helton. According to foxsports.com’s Ken Rosenthal the Rockies and Red Sox are working on a deal that involves Garrett Atkins possibly going to the Red Sox for reliever Takashi Saito. Both teams are also exploring other options as well.
For the second day in a row Dodger outfielder and former Rockie Juan Pierre has hurt the Rockies almost as much as they have hurt themselves. Pierre has gone 5 for 11 with 5 RBI’s in the first two games of the series. How much more damage can or will Pierre do to his former club?
Walks hurt Aaron Cook, who walked 3 batters last night but the 12 hits hurt him much worse. The Dodgers were only 3 for 16 (19%) on the night with runners in scoring position, but the Rockies were 0 for 10, leaving 10 men on base. The Rockies hope to spoil the sweep by the Dodgers in this afternoon’s 1:10pm start. Ubaldo Jimenez (3-5, 4.25) goes against Clayton Kershaw (2-3, 4.32).
Ken Rosenthal is reports this morning on foxsports.com, that the Rockies best bargaining chip right now is outfielder Brad Hawpe. With Atkins in a slump and a surplus of players to man the outfield, this move looks likely to happen. Rosenthal also goes on to say that Rockies ownership has been patient with O’Dowd because he’s operating under financial constraints of the offseason and the trading of Matt Holliday. Bullshit! Ownership has been too patient with O’Dowd, Hurdle and the team and they offer this as an excuse. The plug should’ve been pulled on Hurdle a month ago when there was a chance of turning things around with a new voice and a new direction under either Jim Tracy or Don Baylor and when the team wasn’t 13 games out of first place in the division like they find themselves today! Ownership has already thrown in the towel on the season by not having pulled the plug on Hurdle and Apodaca and they continue to insist on trading players for prospects for the future. The future is NOW! Trade for players that can help the team now. I don’t give a rat’s ass about the future! I want this team to be competitve right now, today and not have it’s ownership give up on the season in the final week of May with 4 months of baseball still left. Maybe a change in management wont do the team any good and they may still play the way they are right now, but here’s what happens when the change at the helm is made. The fans at the least can again have hope for better days and times for the Rockies with new management, not to mention ownership but let’s take baby steps here. I don’t think I have ever been more frustrated with a team and organization that I have been with the Rockies currently. They, if not already are slowly becoming the “Los Angeles Clippers” of Major League Baseball.
Seth Smith’s 2 run homer in the 9th was not enough for the Rockies to beat the Tigers, but it’s not like the Rockies didnt have their chances to score earlier in the game. The Tigers go on to win their 7th straight while the Rockies lose another 1 run game, their 9th, and sit 12 games out of first in the NL West division.
Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports in the Phillies at Yankees pregame today that the Phillies are inquiring about trading for starting pitching throughout the league, including the Rockies Jason Marquis (5-3), who starts tonight against the Tigers. Whether or not this has any legs to it, we’ll just have to wait and see.