MLB Rumors: Colorado Rockies Players Most Likely to be Traded in the Offseason
Colorado Rockies Players Most Likely to be Traded in the Offseason
As their General Manager Dan O’Dowd said, the Colorado Rockies have one of the worst pitching staffs of all-time. After going through 14 starting pitchers, the failed four-man rotation and a staff ERA of 5.25, the Rockies need help. While they may be able to avoid 100 losses by a game or two, going forward with their current strategy of waiting for pitchers who may develop does not seem like an option.
Currently the Rockies pitchers for the future include young pitchers like Drew Pomeranz, Juan Nicasio, and Tyler Chatwood. They believe that a healthy Jorge De La Rosa could anchor this starting rotation, despite the fact that he has only been effective in approximately one year for the Rockies. They also still have Jhoulys Chacin. The Rockies may retain Jeff Francis and bring back Kevin Milwood, but they are not setting themselves up as a popular destination for pitchers because of their talk of altitude and obscure pitch count limitations.
They are happy with a lot of their bullpen right now. Rex Brothers, Matt Belisle and Rafael Betancourt provide a strong back end to their bullpen. Carlos Torres, Josh Roenicke and Adam Ottavino also played important roles as long relief men; in the Rockies system they were called piggy-backers. However, it has really been the starting pitching that’s a mess. From young pitchers not ready to pitch in the majors, to ineffective departed veterans like Jeremy Guthrie and Jamie Moyer, this pitching staff has fallen apart due to more than just injuries.
Since the organization continues to limit its options by making everyone in baseball fear the altitude, the most likely course is that the Rockies trade young talent to get pitching prospects. Of course, by looking at the spoils of the Cleveland Indians Ubalado Jimenez trade, Drew Pomeranz and Alex White, the Rockies may not have better luck with other team’s pitchers.
In his first real shot in the Major Leagues, Chris Nelson has turned it on. He is currently batting .303 with 52 RBI’s. He also was the last Rockies player to steal home plate, which he did cleanly last September.
Jordan Pacheco is a fielder, who the Colorado Rockies converted into a catcher, and now have playing in the infield. He is comfortable at both corners and behind the plate, but lacks power. With Wilin Rossario’s ability to hit home runs in the catcher’s spot, Pacheco’s .309 average might be enticing to other clubs.
The shortstop just happens to play for a team that already has a shortstop named Troy Tulowitzki. While Ruledge has been impressive at times, with the hype around Nolan Arenado at third base and D.J. LeMahieu playing well at second, Rutledge might find more playing time elsewhere.
Blackman looked like a future full-time player for with the Rockies, but has suffered serous concussion problems in the last year. In 36 games with the Rockies he is finally hitting a respectable .275, but the Rockies already have Carlos Gonzalez, Dexter Fowler and Michael Cuddyer in the outfield, with Tyler Colvin stepping in.
Tyler Colvin was a steal from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for a useless Ian Stewart. Colvin has played nicely in the outfield and at first base, but continues to be a streaky player at times. He had his batting average hovering around .315 at one point in the season, but is still hitting .290. Teams could be very interested in the versatile first baseman/outfielder.