Rockies Stand Pat At Trade Deadline
The 2021 Major League Baseball Trade Deadline was one of the wildest in recent memory, but the action did not include the Colorado Rockies.
It was widely assumed that both Trevor Story and Jon Gray would be on the move this week, but they will both be finishing out the season in Denver.
Story is one of the best shortstops in baseball, and he will be a free agent at the end of the 2021 season. He has made it clear that he has no intentions of signing with the Rockies, and the team would have benefited from trading him to another team and receiving assets.
A number of teams were tied to Story leading up to the deadline, with the New York Mets being at the top of the list. The Mets decided to trade for Javier Baez of the Chicago Cubs instead, and that might have been the move that kept Story in Colorado.
Since the Rockies did not end up trading Story, the team is expected to make him a qualifying offer at the end of the season, and that offer will be rejected. The Rockies will receive a compensatory pick if he signs elsewhere, but that won’t be as good of a haul as they could have received in a trade.
Story expected to be traded all season long, and he did not seem pleased by the result of staying with the Rockies. After the deadline had passed, Story said, “I’m confused and I don’t have really anything good to say about the situation and how it unfolded.”
Bill Schmidt is currently serving as the interim General Manager with the Rockies, and it was ultimately his decision to keep both Story and Gray. Schmidt made some comments after the deadline passed as well, and it appears that the plan is to try to lock up Gray to a long term deal.
Gray has gone 6-6 with a 3.67 ERA so far this season, and he has developed into a great number two starter. Pitching has always been hard for the Rockies to lock up, and keeping Gray on the roster would be a big step towards rebuilding.
Rockies season seems to have been up and down for many reasons so far, but the good form at Coors Field has been one of the biggest positives for the team.
Givens Goes To Cincinnati
The Rockies did make a trade earlier this week, but it was not a deal that was going to change the direction of the franchise. Mychal Givens was sent to the Cincinnati Reds for a pair of Minor League prospects.
Cincinnati was a team that was looking to add some pitching, and this was just one small move made by the team. Givens was having a solid season for the Rockies, but he was not a pitcher that was going to be in the long term plans.
Givens had pitched just 29 ⅔ innings so far for the Rockies, but he has posted an impressive strikeout rate. The right hander also sported an ERA of just 2.73, which is solid considering some of that work is done at Coors Field.
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