The Rockies turned the calendar over to August yesterday with another thrilling Nolan Arenado walk-off. They also turned over a new page on their roster as Jordan Lyles was released from the team. The release quickly resolved his designated for assignment status after being removed from the Rockies 40-man roster on July 29. While he was designated for assignment because the Rockies needed his 25-man roster spot for Greg Holland, who was returning from paternity leave, the Rockies quickly used the vacant 40-man spot when they acquired Jonathan Lacroy.
Speaking of Lucroy, he was supposed to make his Rockies debut last night. Unfortunately, a stomach illness prevented that from happening. Hopefully, the Rockies will be able to count on his bat tonight. If he can regain his career form the Rockies offense will benefit immensely.
There are some similarities between the Rockies acquisition and an acquisition a certain team made in 2007 It just might not be the team that you hope. The San Diego Padres, managed by Buddy Black, traded for Michael Barrett before the trade deadline and he helped them reach the play-in game against the Colorado Rockies. Barrett even played a large role in that game as he was the one who failed to tag Matt Holliday out at the plate when he scored the winning run.
Nick Groke attempts to answer some of the hardest questions about the Rockies right now. Who is in and who is out of the Rockies rotation? What should the Rockies do with Ryan McMahon? What to do with Carlos Gonzalez? Groke has some good responses to these and many other questions posed to him.
The Rockies played the market well. They picked up rentals simply because they were so cheap that is was the best way to improve this year's playoff chances while also keeping the contention window wide-open because they didn't have to give up any of their impact prospects that could help them contend in future years.
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