The Colorado Rockies are currently 43-63. That record puts them worst in the entire National League and only a game better than the Texas Rangers in all of baseball.
What seems to be lost on those Rockies, then, is the concept of rebuilding. Furthermore, the Rockies fail to understand just how advantageous it could be for them to take advantage of a sellers’ market in terms of getting value for their veterans on expiring deals and other available players who might have value this summer at the trade deadline.
The Rockies have a 33-year-old starting pitcher whose contract is up at season’s end in Jorge De La Rosa. With 11 wins, De La Rosa holds a lot of appeal to potential suitors. No thanks, say the Rockies. They keep him and issue him a qualifying offer at season’s end.
Brett Anderson has a proven track record and a reputation for success when he is healthy. His contract is also up at season’s end, with a $12 million option for next season. Lots of options there for a trade, but the Rockies plan to keep him.
LaTroy Hawkins will be 42 years old when next season starts. His continued success this year as a big league closer at age 41 has a number of teams interested in him. What good is it for him to toil away on a last place team anyway? Nonsense, say the Rockies, who will keep Hawkins.
There are other players potentially of interest in a trade, namely some relief pitchers, and the Rockies do not want to deal any of them. Per Patrick Saunders.
Continue to be told #Rockies will not trade either De La Rosa or Anderson. Relievers not likely to be traded either, but Rox listening
— Patrick Saunders (@psaundersdp) July 30, 2014
The “still listening” tag means that this plan could change, but for a team that should have been aggressively working the trade lines this summer, the Rockies look pretty comfortable standing pat. For some reason.
Be sure to stay tuned to FanSided’s MLB Rumors page to stay up to date with the latest action and rumblings from the baseball hot stove this trade season.
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