Sitting with the second worst record in the major leagues, but with management believing that they are close to being a contender again, the Colorado Rockies are unlikely to make any more moves. The Rockies already traded away their number one pitcher and made so many moves in the last 12 months that they seem worn out. Due to injuries and contracts, the Rockies do not have a lot of options.
The Rockies already sent their abysmal pitcher Jeremy Guthrie to the Kansas City Royals for pitcher Jonathon Sanchez, whose contract expires at the end of the year. The Wall Street Journal’s Darren Everson called this trade the worst of all time because both pitchers are so bad. Their average ERA is 6.68.
Marco Scutaro and Ramon Hernandez are the two veterans that could be moved. However, the Rockies lack depth in the middle of the infield with Troy Tulowitzki, Chris Nelson and Jonathon Herrera hurt. This will probably keep Scutaro in Colorado. Despite an up and down year, he is now batting .271. Hernandez has struggled with injuries, but the Rockies up and coming catcher, Wilin Rosario, is not a good fielder and the Rockies like Hernandez’s leadership. The Rockies were looking to move Jason Giambi before he went on the disabled list with an infection.
Rafael Betancourt is a man who has been discussed in trade scenarios. The Rockies closer is 17 of 21 in save situations with a 1-3 record. However, the Rockies do not have a solid option to replace Betancourt as closer. Except for Bettancourt, the Rockies pitching staff is a mess and only minor moves could be made. The organization truly believes that their young pitchers will develop and they are content to sit back and wait.