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Seunghwan Oh improves the Rockies’ bullpen

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Rockies news and links for July 26, 2018

Colorado Rockies: What it means for Seunghwan Oh to be on the roster | Rox Pile
The Colorado Rockies traded prospects Chad Spanberger, Forrest Wall, and a player to be named later to the Toronto Blue Jays for relief pitcher Seunghwan Oh. Oh immediately becomes one of the best pitchers in a struggling Rockies bullpen. Oh becomes third on the team in Win Probability Added after Adam Ottavino and Wade Davis, second in FIP and ERA (after Ottavino), and first in walks per nine innings and strikeout-to-walk ratio. The 36-year-old has posted a 2.68 ERA/3.03 FIP combination in 47 innings for the Blue Jays in 2018. Oh also comes with a club option for the 2019 season.

Colorado Rockies rumors: Team looking at Cincinnati Reds relievers? | Rox Pile
Though Oh will certainly represent an upgrade over internal options, there is certainly still room for improvement in the Rockies’ ‘pen. The team is reportedly “keeping an eye” on a quartet of Cincinnati Reds relievers- Raisel Iglesias, Amir Garrett, David Hernandez, and Jared Hughes. Apart from Garrett, all have ERA’s below 2.25 on the season. I’m not sure how a team that’s 12 games under .500 seems to have such a plethora of talent in their bullpen and in their offense, though the Reds are 42-42 since firing Bryan Price as their manager.

Bowden: Ranking the 21 best arms available on the starting pitching trade market | The Athletic ($)
The Rockies could also stand to add a starter to the mix, though a clear upgrade over the current rotation would require giving up top prospects. Jim Bowden of The Athletic ranks the top 21 starting pitchers available on the market leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline. Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard of the New York Mets top the list, though the likelihood that either will be traded looks low at this juncture. Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays ranks third but also might be a better bet to stay with his current organization. Danny Duffy of the Kansas City Royals at No. 4 may be the best pitcher with a decent chance of being dealt. Two starters who have been connected to the Rockies, Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman, rank 6th and 10th, respectively.

Colorado Rockies: Trade targets if they were to be buyers | Rox Pile
Rox Pile’s Olivia Greene suggests catcher JT Realmuto of the Miami Marlins, starters deGrom and Syndergaard of the Mets, Blake Snell of the Rays, and Andrew Heaney and Tyler Skaggs of the Los Angeles Angels as possible deadline targets.

BSN Rockies Podcast: Colorado’s youth movement lessens need for deadline trade | BSN Denver
In the latest episode of the BSN Rockies podcast, Drew Creasman suggests that the Rockies don’t need to make an extraordinary splash at this year’s deadline as there is plenty of talent in the organization. David Dahl will likely return from injury soon and would represent an “acquisition” of sorts for the offense.

Colorado Rockies: There are seven starters but not seven spots | Rox Pile
With Chad Bettis dealing with a blister injury and German Marquez on paternity leave, the Rockies have been running out a rotation of Jon Gray, Tyler Anderson, Kyle Freeland, and Antonio Senzatela. Jeff Hoffman also made a spot start shortly before the All-Star break. When all seven are healthy, two will be on the outside looking in when it’s time to send out a rotation at full strength. Jake Shapiro of Rox Pile first eliminates Hoffman from the list of possibilities, and refers to Freeland and Anderson as the sure locks. As for the other four, Gray and Marquez have had their ups-and-downs (though both have looked better lately), and Senzatela might be better served in the bullpen. After producing an ERA of 5.10 as a starter, the idea of Bettis being moved to the ‘pen has been floated around, but his ERA is over 9.00 in his career as a reliever.

Bettis ‘looked good’ during bullpen session | Rockies.com
In injury news, Manager Bud Black says things are progressing very well for Bettis, while reliever Mike Dunn will look to pick up a weighted ball on Monday after receiving a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection. Black also has high marks for Harrison Musgrave, who has returned to the big leagues after Chris Rusin’s placement on the 10-Day Disabled List with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

Colorado Rockies trade talk: Are they pursuing Mike Moustakas? | Rox Pile
Evidently, nearly half of the National League is looking at Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, though we don’t know which teams. The Rockies would be a curious fit as the team doesn’t have much of a need at Moustakas’ primary position of third base. However, “Moose” has played a bit of first base this season and it would be fun to add another power bat to the lineup. It should be noted, however, that Moustakas’ .330 wOBA wouldn’t represent much of an upgrade over Ian Desmond’s .333 mark.