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The Rockies look ahead to trade deadline and try to make sense of their situation

Rockies news and links for July 18, 2019

GM on Rox struggles: ‘It all needs addressing’ |

The Colorado Rockies are in the middle of a free fall out of contention. It makes sense, then, that general manager Jeff Bridich is casting a wide net when pointing to what is going wrong. That’s fair, and yet we all know the truth is that the obvious area of need is the pitching.

That’s one year after the pitching was the strength and the offense was a weakness. That has to be hard to navigate as a general manager. What is especially weird this year, as mentioned by Bridich and noted by Thomas Harding in this article, is how the team is finding different ways to lose lately. When the pitching is good, the offense stinks, and that is tough to take when the team is otherwise losing high scoring games.

So what does all that mean for the trade deadline? If it “all needs addressing,” that could mean a major overhaul or it could mean doing nothing. The Rockies history is such that they will err on the side of the latter. What seems clear is that they won’t clearly be buyers or sellers, especially with so many other teams also in limbo. That probably means fringe moves, if anything at all, and certainly no rentals for a team that is closer to last place than the playoffs as things stand now.

2019 Trade Value: #21 to #30 | FanGraphs

This article from Kiley McDaniel provides a nice remainder of just how valuable German Márquez is, especially given his recent struggles for a team that is feeling restless. He appears on this list with the likes of Joey Gallo and Trea Turner and ahead of Minnesota Twins stud José Berríos. If you understandably have the inclination that the Rockies should tear things down at the trade deadline, let’s at least agree that Márquez isn’t available.

Márquez has already been so great at such a young age. The hiccups were inevitable; unfortunately the timing of those hiccups this season has been especially bad. But the young righty will be a foundational piece for years to come, and this ranking emphasizes that point.

Rockies’ reliever Seunghwan Oh to undergo season-ending elbow surgery | Denver Post

Sad news for the team’s big acquisition at last year’s trade deadline. Unfortunately it’s been a struggle more often than it hasn’t since Oh joined the Rockies, save for some occasional valuable contributions down the stretch last year. This season certainly never got on track, and now Oh will focus on getting healthy and deciding what’s next.

As for the Rockies, they have one fewer option than their already slim pickings for guys with track records to help fix the bullpen. And since this is almost certainly the end of Oh’s tenure with the Rockies, let’s pause and acknowledge one more time what a great nickname “the final boss” is.

How I PuRP | Purple Row FanPost

Purple Row Prospect (PuRP) voting is underway, and we asked the community just how they put their lists together. We’ve got some great responses so far, but I want to highlight this one from ESterps08, who explains the process they use and offers some words of guidance for community members who haven’t yet taken the PuRPs plunge.

The polling thread is open until Sunday night, so get your list together soon!

On the farm

Jeff Hoffman was on the mound for the Isotopes on Wednesday night, something of note for an organization desperate for help in the rotation or in the bullpen. He didn’t pitch great, but his start was solid enough to get the job done. He went six innings and allowed four earned runs. That still leaves his season ERA in Triple-A at 7.32, but even that doesn’t stop me from wondering if Hoffman could help the Rockies down the stretch. That might seem crazy, but with his talent he’s as likely as anybody else to step up at this point.

Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes 9, Fresno Grizzlies 4

Double-A: Richmond Flying Squirrels 6, Hartford Yard Goats 5

High-A: Stockton Ports 5, Lancaster JetHawks 1

Low-A: Asheville Tourists 4, Greenville Drive 0

Short Season-A: Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 7, Boise Hawks 2

Rookie: Grand Junction Rockies 9, Billings Mustangs 4

DSL 1: DSL Rockies 5, DSL Nationals 3

DSL 2: DSL Royals2 3, DSL Colorado 0