The Rockies announced a few transactions Sunday morning that, while they don’t exactly amount to a “roster shakeup,” are definitely signs of moving on from non-contributors.
First, they designated Mark Reynolds for assignment. Whatever magic Reynolds rode from 2016 to 2018 that kept him on major league rosters ran out in 2019. Reynolds hit .170/.290/.311 in 162 plate appearances, which amounts to an adjusted batting like 54 percent below league average.
The Rockies selected the contract of left-handed reliever Sam Howard, who will take Reynolds’s spot on the 40-man roster. Howard will assume a role in the bullpen. Howard tossed 4 innings for the Rockies in 2018. He’s had good results in Albuquerque this season. He has a 3.83 ERA and a 4.03 FIP in 44 2⁄3 innings and has struck out over 11 batters per nine innings pitched.
The Rockies also optioned Antonio Senzatela. This is less of a permanent move than the Reynolds one, but it still is a signal that the Rockies aren’t going to just give him a start every fifth game anymore. Senzatela has a 6.29 ERA and a 5.45 FIP in 93 big league innings this season. He’s struck out just over 5 batters per nine inning and has walked over 4.
Jeff Hoffman is getting the call back to the majors, and he’ll likely take Senzatela’s spot in the starting rotation. Hoffman has a 6.75 ERA and a 5.07 FIP in 33 1⁄3 innings across 7 major league starts.
The season is spiraling out of control. While these aren’t major moves, they’re at least minor statements that something needs to change.