Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Drew Stubbs and Franklin Morales headed to Coors Field as Colorado Rockies continue dealing

Franklin Morales will be back in purple pinstripes in 2014.
Dealin' Dan is back in action.

Colorado Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd earned the nickname perhaps infamously back in 1999 when he took the reins of the club and almost immediately traded seemingly half of the roster. On Wednesday O'Dowd and Bill Geivett continued what has been an extremely busy off-season.

The Rockies dealt lefty reliever Josh Outman to the Cleveland Indians for outfielder Drew Stubbs. A year after the Rockies stockpiled middle infielders, they now seem bent on bringing in as many outfielders as possible.

As fans reacted to the trade, the Rockies continued working. The next move saw them ship Jonathan Herrera to the Boston Red Sox for lefty reliever Franklin Morales and former Rockies farmhand Chris Martin. Yes, that Franklin Morales. As a 21-year-old, Morales was thrust into the big league rotation and flourished for the Rockies in 2007, becoming an integral part of a team that eventually lost to the Red Sox in the World Series.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Winter Meetings yield plenty of activity for Colorado Rockies, team comes home better

The Rockies were unexpectedly very active at the winter meetings.
At the end of the day, the Colorado Rockies came home from the Winter Meetings in Orlando as a better team.

That isn't to say that anyone is so excited about the moves that they are grabbing their cell phones, checking odds and placing bets on sites like MLB Mobile Spreads would be a huge exaggeration. However, the fact that the Rockies were active throughout the meetings came as a surprise to most.

When looking at a Major League Baseball team, it is easy to look at each move in a vacuum. It is easy to over-analyze every last move and decision and forget that there are certain things that go on behind the scenes that none of us will really ever know.

To say that the way the Rockies operate is a headscratcher is an understatement. No move, good or bad, comes without eyebrows being raised and questions needing answered.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Trading Drew Pomeranz was the right move for the Colorado Rockies

The Rockies acquired Brett Anderson for Drew Pomeranz.
The chorus from Colorado Rockies fans is growing louder. The grumbling has hit a new level. Fans want Dan O'Dowd and the rest of the front office removed from 20th & Blake.

The front office deserves plenty of criticism, and I have certainly been vocal in my opinion that change is extremely necessary. However, the trade of Drew Pomeranz to the Oakland A's in exchange for Brett Anderson isn't a bad move. In fact, it looks like it could be really good for the Rockies.

Watch Pomeranz on the mound for five minutes and it was clear that he looks like he would rather be anywhere than on a Major League mound. His body language was the only thing worse than his mechanics. The deer-in-the-headlights look took on a whole new meaning with the lefty.

The fact is, Pomeranz wasn't going to find success in a Rockies uniform, and he wasn't going to materialize into the pitcher that made him the centerpiece of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade and the most impressive member of his draft class less than a year after being selected.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Colorado Rockies trade Dexter Fowler to Houston Astros for next to nothing

Dexter Fowler is no longer a member of the Colorado Rockies.
When the Colorado Rockies went to the World Series in 2007, there was so much optimism in the hearts of Rockies fans everywhere.

Not only had the Rockies youth movement hit their stride, but they also had a kid named Dexter Fowler in the minors who was the crown jewel of a farm system that produced the majority of the pennant-winning team.

Fast-forward six years and it is a completely different story. On Tuesday, the Rockies dealt Fowler to the Houston Astros for two guys only extremely hardcore baseball fans knew anything about.

GUEST POST: Jonathan Gray, Eddie Butler Indicate The Future In Colorado

Coors Field is well-known as a hitter friendly ballpark, but the Colorado Rockies have a farm system of capable right-handed arms looking to change all that. In fact, two pitchers currently in their system could be ready for breakout rookie seasons as soon as next season.

Jonathan Gray and Eddie Butler are the future for Colorado right now, so the question many fans and fantasy baseball owners are wondering about is when they will get a chance to showcase their talent to the National League West.