Like many Colorado Rockies fans, I was unhappy with how the trade deadline went regarding the club. We expected the Rockies to be sellers in what was a heavy sellers market, but the team stood pat and held on to their players.
I’ll be the first to admit to you like I said in the trade deadline column, I wanted the club to acquire an arm or two to help out an atrocious bullpen and give them some positives moving into 2015 — but that didn’t happen.
Want to know how the Rockies played it safe? Not trading All-Stars Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. The team had been in rumors a week or so prior to the deadline as the New York Mets inquired about the faces of the Rockies organization. Just earlier today, Mike Puma of the New York Post reported that the Rockies sent a fair amount of scouts to watch Mets top prospect Noah Syndergaard in his last start.
Granted, the Rockies can’t base the kids future after one start as it will take more time to see what he’s all about. The Rockies are obviously out of contention and have been so for quite some time but they can use the rest of the season to scout prospects from the New York Yankees or New York Mets in case they want to break up the band with Tulo or CarGo.
Jorge De La Rosa was another name that was highly inquired about as the 33-year-old southpaw remained with the club. He has a $14 million option for 2015 which the Colorado Rockies will likely try to pick up.
Dick Monfort believes this team can be contenders in 2015 as long as they stay healthy. I am somewhat optimistic that they can too but they will need to remodel the bullpen if that’s the case.
Safe and smart is the only way I can describe keeping Tulo and CarGo for now. I know most Rockies fans are outraged by management not making a move but there is no reason to make a trade just for the sake of it.