Even if you didn’t expect the Rockies to sell in the form of tearing things down and starting over, there seemed to be some potential moves out there. Teams were presumably very interested in Scott Oberg and at least moderately interested in guys like Bryan Shaw and Jake Mcgee. And Wade Davis is at least a name they knew, right?
Apparently there weren’t any good fits, and save for a couple minor trades, the Rockies were quiet. David Sharp takes a look what that means for this year and how the Rockies view their team for next season.
While it was mostly reasonable that the Rockies decided not to make any major deals this week, you could argue that they missed an opportunity to be creative. This trade deadline saw a lot of teams that were in limbo, not sure what to do and reluctant to commit too far to buying or selling.
What some teams did, then, as noted in this piece from Enos Sarris, is made moves with an eye towards next season. That’s true with the Mets’ acquisition of Marcus Stroman and the Reds’ addition of Trevor Bauer.
The Rockies may or may not have been in a position to make such a move, especially given their inclination to hold onto prospects (something they share with many teams, as also noted by Sarris here). But it would have been a chance to zag while other teams were zigging, or maybe more like a chance to zag while other teams looked on and weren’t sure what it even meant to zig or zag.
While it seems like the Rockies are generally steering clear of criticism in terms of their trade deadline inactivity, they are facing some larger criticism in terms of the state of the franchise. That’s coming from fans and from writers in some recent articles.
Eric Garcia McKinley breaks down some of the recent criticism, in particular a scathing piece from Dan Szymborski on FanGraphs. While being hard on the Rockies is something of a pet project for Szymborski, he raised some fair points (as usual). The question raised there, and the one that will linger into the offseason, is this one: are the Rockies wasting their stars? And if so, how do they stop doing that?
Maybe we were hoping to see some changes around this deadline in that regard, but now we’ll have to wait until the offseason to see how Jeff Bridich and company adjust.
Sun’s out, guns out. The Rockies and the Diamondbacks are the teams with current vest jerseys that could follow this advice from Kelsey McKinney. Here’s my question: which Rockies player would you bet has the funniest tan lines? There are lots of candidates, but I’ll go with a tie between Daniel Murphy and Scott Oberg. Sound off in the comments!
On the farm
What to do with Pat Valaika? We surely haven’t seen the last of him on the Rockies this year as he continues to pound minor league pitching. He hit his 20th home run of the season in this one, joining Josh Fuentes as familiar names who went yard. Speaking of guys who will play for the Rockies again this season, Antonio Senzatela ate up seven innings as the starter. Unfortunately he allowed six earned runs.
Short Season-A: Vancouver Canadians 13, Boise Hawks 5
DSL 1: DSL Giants 9, DSL Rockies 3
DSL 2: DSL Rockies 7, DSL Twins 2