Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Rockies News 11/16-11/22

  • Ty Wigginton was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. All I have to say about that is THANK GOODNESS. No disrespect to Wiggy, but he was not really even a utility player. He was like a bench-warmer with occasional bursts of power. The power was nice, but his situational hitting was so bad and his defense was so lackluster that it really wasn't worth it. In exchange for him, the Rockies got cash or a player to be named later. I would've taken a couple of beers, so that's fine. And the Rox have a ton of options for the future of 3rd base (Ian Stewart, Brandon Wood, Chris Nelson, Jordan Pacheco, Nolan Arenado), and I prefer almost any of them to Wiggy.
  • Who's Brandon Wood you say? Good question. He was in the Pirates' minor league system until the Rockies plucked him out of it this past week. The assumption is he will compete for the third base spot, though he obviously has his work cut out for him with all those other guys. I really hope he doesn't get it. Then we've got a Wiggy at 3rd all over again.
  • This doesn't involve the Rockies, but free agent and former Rockie/Astro Clint Barmes signed a 2-year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Rockies did give him a brief look this offseason, and I really wish they hadn't traded him in the first place, but he can be the Bucs' starting shortstop, and that's the job he deserves to have. As long as Troy Tulowitzki is a Rockie, nobody else stands a chance at short.
  • The Salt River Rafters won the Arizona Fall League championship, and Arenado was named the Most Valuable Player of the league. So that's exciting news for the future.
  • Most recently, the Rockies have been attached to Roy Oswalt, Orlando Hudson, Michael Cuddyer, and of course, Martin Prado, though there's no sign of forward movement on that deal. One guy who's off the table for us is Grady Sizemore, who tested the market and then decided to go right back to Cleveland where he came from. He signed a 1-year deal worth $5 million with them, and I am really glad the Rockies didn't spend that kind of money on a such a risky player. A possible trade that I REALLY like is Huston Street to the Twins for Carl Pavano. It could happen because the Twins' closer Joe Nathan just signed with the Rangers.
  • Perhaps the biggest news in all of baseball this week was the realignment. The owners have approved the sale of the Houston Astros, contingent upon their move from the National League Central to the American League West. Two new wild card teams will also be added to the play-offs going forward. I for one am in favor of this; the wild card gives teams like this year's champion St. Louis Cardinals a chance to overcome an unfortunate place in a strong division and make a run. What I don't like is the fact that 15 teams in each league means an interleague series going at all times. Interleague was a really cool and special thing when it started, but it's going to be much less exciting to watch teams meet in the World Series when they've already played in the regular season.

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