The MLB trade deadline arrives on Monday at 2 pm MT, and it’s still unclear how the Rockies are going to approach it. An inconsistent offense continues to put up mediocre results and the bullpen could always use reinforcing (more on that in a moment), but what can we actually expect? Thomas Harding offers readers a preview of the deadline and pegs the Rockies chances of swinging a deal at 65%.
It’s difficult to say if that’s too high or too low. You have to take into account the fact that the Rockies have rarely made more than modest upgrades at the trade deadline and the strangeness of a trade deadline coming halfway through a season that has just under 30 games left. And that doesn’t even factor in the ways expanded playoffs complicate the matter. Is 30-games enough of a sample to know who to take a flyer on? Is 30 games enough to justify giving away some talent in the satellite camp (since those are the only players eligible to be traded)? Should they push to be one of eight teams in the playoffs? Are there going to be many teams willing to give up current assets when they, too, have at least an outside chance of sneaking into the playoffs?
Have I asked enough questions yet?
I would love it if the Rockies would make some upgrades on offense, but I'm not exactly going to hold my breath. A much more reasonable proposal is to beef up the bullpen. Aaron Hurt makes the case almost obvious that the Rockies should try to find a left-handed reliever. In the age of the three-batter-minimum rule, a lefty in the pen has to take on a different role—no more LOOGYs—and the Rockies lefties have been, in a word, reallynotgood. Who can they get? That's for another post.
Stu Cole is used to being the go-to guy on the Rockies to talk about Jackie Robinson Day, but he's okay with that. He's also impressed with today's athletes and their broad vision. He told Thomas Harding he spent most of his time just trying to get to the majors.
In case you missed it, here is why MLB chose to stage Jackie Robinson Day on August 28 (and into the weekend) after not being able to play on the usual April 15.
MLB chose to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on Aug. 28 this season for two reasons: It’s the anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, which the Robinson family attended, and it also is the date in ‘45, when Robinson and Branch Rickey met to discuss his future as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
★ ★ ★
Please keep in mind our Purple Row Community Guidelines when you’re commenting. Thanks!