The Colorado Rockies on Wednesday designated Drew Stubbs for assignment to make room on the 25- and 40-man rosters for Matt McBride, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Albuquerque, according to MLB.com's Thomas Harding.
One of a few different scenarios involving Stubbs could take place. The Rockies could trade him -- or just give him -- to a team that claims him off of waivers, or deal him to any team if he clears. If no trade is made, Stubbs could accept an outright assignment to Triple-A, as he did earlier this season, or elect to become a free agent.
The Rockies in 2013 traded Eric Young Jr. to the New York Mets after designating him for assignment, receiving Collin McHugh in return.
The Rockies tendered Stubbs a $5.8 million contract prior to the start of the season, hoping he could build upon a 2014 campaign in which he hit .289/.339/.482 with 15 home runs. Instead, the 30-year-old outfielder has managed to hit just .216/.286/.431, though he does own a .314/.386/.608 line since rejoining the big league club on July 2.
Colorado owes Stubbs roughly $1.8 million, a price tag that is entirely reasonable for a contending team to pick up if it wishes to add a bench bat with some pop for the stretch run.
McBride will suit up for the Rockies for the third season in a four-year stretch since 2012. In 115 career plate appearances, the 30-year-old utility player owns a .211/.243/.358 line. McBride has eaten up Pacific Coast League for years, and 2015 has been no different. He's hitting .328/.380/.549 with 12 homers in 337 plate appearances for the Isotopes.