The Colorado Rockies and Houston Astros opened the 2014 season with two of the most undesirable closing situations in the big leagues. In fact, neither franchise seemed sure of who exactly their closer would be.
With both Rex Brothers and LaTroy Hawkins on the Colorado roster, it was believed that the younger Brothers would eventually stake claim to the job once Hawkins began to faulter. Only problem was, it was Brothers who struggled while Hawkins (despite the occasional hiccup) has proven to be very solid.
As for the Houston Astros, they didn’t have a closer coming into the season. Manager Bo Porter attempted to find the right man for the job, but blown save after blown save eventually gave journeyman Chad Qualls the opportunity to close and it’s a position he has ran with.
Given that, it seems that both the Colorado Rockies and Houston Astros would be happy to trade their ‘closers’, especially since neither team will be in postseason contention.
Well, not according to Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin who has seemingly checked in on both and was essentially told they weren’t available.
Though someone such as former Brewers reliever LaTroy Hawkins would seem to be a good fit, Melvin said Colorado has given no indication it will trade their closer.
“I don’t think they’re going to move him,” said Melvin. “Same with (Chad) Qualls. His name was out there but they want to keep him.”
It seems outlandish to think that neither player is on the trade block, but it’s possible both the Rockies and Astros are waiting until the July 31st deadline to make a potential move hoping the price increases in the coming days.