The Colorado Rockies stood pat at the MLB trading deadline Thursday afternoon as they focus on the short-term future. Star players Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez were rumored to be in deals involving the New York Mets but the Rockies will elect to hold on to their stars as they believe they can contend in 2015.
Sure, I am a believer that this team can contend with the offense they have but it’s the same story year in and year out. Tulo gets hurt, CarGo gets hurt, pitchers get hurt — it’s a reoccurring theme. Colorado lacks the necessary depth to compete when their star players and pitchers hit the shelf. Management continues to ignore the obvious.
With the team making zero moves on deadline day, it shows how stubborn ownership and management are. I agree with them not trading Jorge De La Rosa as he has been the only reliable pitcher this season. They are hoping to keep the southpaw as he is a free agent after this season, needing a $14 million qualifying offer to bring him back in 2015.
LaTroy Hawkins and Drew Stubbs were other Rockies rumored to be in trade talks but the Rockies for some reason want to get the 41-year-old reliever and the strike-out prone center fielder. Stubbs is having a career-year but that is due to the Coors Field effect. He is hitting .358/.385/.650 at home with 9 home runs and 22 RBI’s while on the road he is hitting a dismal .227/.286/.336 with 2 home runs and just 7 RBI’s.
Brandon Barnes was another Rockie that received interest from the Toronto Blue Jays but talks never took off. Barnes was acquired in the offseason along with Jordan Lyles for outfielder Dexter Fowler.
It’s bold of management to stand pat after witnessing the same thing for the past 4+ years. The ‘if they stay healthy’ phrase will always be brought up with this team but they continue to prove us wrong year after year. Personally, I was hoping the front office would acquire a bullpen arm or two to give them some positives heading into 2015, but that’s none of my business.