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The many faces of Ian Desmond

Rockies news and links for August 1, 2018

Colorado Rockies: The past, present and future of Ian Desmond | Rox Pile

Ian Desmond started out the 2018 season on track to have the worst season ever. His numbers were awful, and he couldn’t seem to find his way with the Rockies. As we got to the All-Star break, though, things started to change. Desmond has had an inexplicable swing from terrible to on fire. In his nine seasons in the major leagues, Desmond has come to be known for his hitting ability, fair capacity at defensive roles, and overall a strong athlete. His deal with the Rockies was the biggest one of his career, and it started out with maybe a little buyer’s remorse. However, he is now showing us what he can really do and is having one of his better seasons. Still, it is hard to say what the Rockies will want to do with Desmond’s contract. He’s only two years into a five-year agreement, and if the Rockies wanted to move him, they would undoubtedly lose a chunk of change. We’ll likely to continue to see Ian Desmond playing at first base, and we just have to keep our fingers crossed that it’ll be the good Desmond.

Journal: Prudent or too cautious? Rockies stay quiet as NL West contenders make trades | Denver Post ($)

The trade deadline has come and gone, and, despite several rumors and speculation about who the Rockies might try to pick up, the organization didn’t really make many moves. While the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks each made trades to try and put themselves in a good spot, the Rockies stayed quiet. This might seem kind of puzzling, as there is a kind of pressure to have some activity before the deadline. However, the Rockies are confident that the team they have right now is the one that can get to the postseason. One concern many of us have had is the left-handed members of the bullpen. They’ve struggled pretty mightily, most recently Jake McGee giving up a walkoff home run in extra innings against the Cardinals Monday night. Bud Black assures us that the problem has been acknowledged and that they made some attempts at trades, but they didn’t work out. Only time will tell if the current Rockies can get us to the postseason.

Colorado Rockies: What Matt Holliday could bring to the team | Rox Pile

The Rockies are bringing Matt Holliday back into their organization in a minor league deal. Holliday’s first run with the Rockies was phenomenal. He was a huge part in getting the Rockies to the World Series in 2007. He floated around a few different teams, and has been most recently working as an analyst. He’ll start out in Grand Junction to get back into the swing of things, maybe even getting up to the Major Leagues later on this season.