Colorado Rockies trade Josh Rutledge, other moves from the Winter Meetings


The Colorado Rockies were busy early Thursday morning and into the day, which was out of the norm regarding the Rockies making moves at the Winter Meetings. Colorado made a slew of moves, one involving second baseman Josh Rutledge. Colorado’s bullpen has been one of the worst in the league over the past couple of years and they added some depth by acquiring right-handed reliever Jairo Diaz.

Rutledge, 25, broke onto the scene for the Colorado Rockies in 2012. His stint, in which he spelled Troy Tulowitzki (go figure), the shortstop hit .274 with 20 doubles, 5 triples, 8 home runs, and 37 RBI’s. Colorado thought they had something special in him as they moved him over to second base.

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The following season, Rutledge hit just .235 on the season in 88 games played, collecting 6 doubles, 1 triple, 7 home runs, and 19 RBI’s. Lets face it, Rutledge was going to serve as a utility man behind Tulo and D.J. LeMahieu. This trade looks like it will benefit both teams as Los Angeles was looking for a second baseman after the departure of Howie Kendrick to the Dodgers. Colorado is in desperate need of arms and Diaz reportedly can top 97-mph – a solid addition alongside Tommy Kahnle. Now my question is, can he locate?

Mark Canha was a Colorado Rockie for less than an hour. Canha was selected as a rule-5 pick by the club from the Miami Marlins, and was later traded to the A’s for RHP Austin House. I have no clue about either of these two players so I’ll just leave it at that.

  • Colorado would also select RHP Kyle Simon from the Philadelphia Phillies (Triple-A Reading) in the Triple-A section of the Rule-5 draft.
  • Colorado appears to still be linked to New York Mets RHP Dillon Gee, but the talks have stalled.
  • Miami continues to show interest in Justin Morneau, but seems unlikely he will move.