While there is still plenty of time — and plenty of moves to be made — in the offseason, the last four days of the Winter Meetings are some of the busiest of the year across Major League Baseball. Now that it's all over, though, we want to know how the Colorado Rockies did this week, from your perspective.
As if you need a reminder, here are the moves the Rockies made this week in Nashville in what turned out to be a fairly quite week of Winter Meetings for them (though more moves are almost certainly coming between now and Spring Training):
Acquired RHP Jason Motte
The Rockies acquired Jason Motte, 33, on Tuesday morning. The right-handed reliever is coming off a decent year with the Chicago Cubs in 2015, preceded by a bad season with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2014, and a season lost to elbow reconstruction surgery in 2013. Motte throws hard, throws a lot of strikes, and has experience in late innings and the MLB postseason. He may be the Rockies' de facto closer until Adam Ottavino returns in the middle of 2016.
Acquired RHP Chad Qualls
Chad Qualls, 37, has appeared in more games over the last decade than any other pitcher in Major League Baseball. Not surprisingly, he faded down the stretch at the end of 2015 as a member of the Houston Astros, but an overall mediocre season (which was preceded by two strong years) leave him likely to be a reliable bullpen contributor. Qualls throws lots of strikes, too; he walked just nine hitters in 50 innings last summer.
Acquired 1B Mark Reynolds
The Rockies were initially linked to the first baseman late Wednesday night. Reynolds' career, ever tenuous with high strikeout rates and little in his corner besides sheer power, took a left turn the last several years across several different Major League organizations. Nevertheless, the Rockies have long sought a right-handed hitter to platoon with their lefty starter at first base, Ben Paulsen, and Reynolds, 32, represents a cheap version of that, at $2.6 million for a one-year deal. And lots of dingers!
Rule 5 Draft: Selected RHP Luis Perdomo
Luis Perdomo, 22, pitched 126⅔ innings across 23 games (22 starts) split between Class-A and High-A in the Cardinals' organization in 2015, logging a 3.98 ERA with a fastball that flirts with 100 mph, and a hard breaking pitch. Had he stayed with the Rockies, he likely would have started 2016 in the bullpen, but it's all irrelevant, as he was traded to the San Diego Padres for a player to be named later or cash considerations later on Thursday morning. Luis, buddy, we'll always have fond memories of that hour you were a part of the Rockies' organization. Thanks for your service.
Rule 5 Draft: Selected RHP Luis Niebla
Luis Niebla, 24, comes to the Rockies from the New York Yankees' organization,and because he was taken in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 Draft, he is not subject to being stuck on the Major League roster for all of 2016 like Perdomo would have been. Niebla logged a 4.50 ERA across 33 games (three starts), spanning 60 innings, between High-A and Double-A in 2015. He struck out 48 hitters and walked just 18, allowing only two home runs in the process. The Mexican-born pitcher figures to see time at Double-A Hartford and perhaps Triple-A Albuquerque in 2016.