Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Rockies News 12/7-12/13

Lots of stuff happened this week. If you really don't know about any of it, time to rejoin the planet.

  • Last week I wrote that the Rockies were shopping Huston Street and Ian Stewart, but I was pretty surprised that they managed to deal both since then. Street was shipped to the San Diego Padres last Wednesday for  pitching prospect Nick Schmidt (as well as salary relief, money that has yet to be spent), and Stewart was sent to the Chicago Cubs along with Casey Weathers for utilityman Tyler Colvin and infielder DJ Lamahieu. You can find links to expanded thoughts on these deals in Sunday's link round-up.
  • The other notable lost Rockie is Ryan Spilborghs, who was non-tendered as of last night. He could still re-sign with the team but it would have to be for less money. I love Spilly. Who doesn't? He wasn't really worth his salt last season though, so it might be nice to see if we can get somebody better in his stead.
  • The current better, and most likely, possibilities are Michael Cuddyer and Carlos Beltran. Both are free agents, but the Rockies might actually have enough money to offer one of them a contract, since they've been letting guys go right and left. I slightly prefer Cuddyer but I'd take either one. Both would bring more to the lineup than what we have now. I would like the Rockies to continue being a homegrown team as much as possible, but sometimes you have to cut your losses and plug your holes. That's what this year and the next several could potentially be about. A deal with either Cuddyer or Beltran is quite possibly imminent, or else the Rockies will revisit Spilborghs.
  • In news around the league, the Angels and Marlins have bought everybody else. The only good news for us here is that neither of those teams is in our division. And it will be fun to watch Chris Iannetta get the chance to catch C.J. Wilson, maybe even in June when the Rockies are at Angel Stadium.
  • Now for the really bad news. The baseball world was dealt a huge blow when reigning National League MVP Ryan Braun tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Any time this happens it's a letdown for fans, but to have it happen to an MVP, well, that blows. Obviously Barry Bonds won awards while doping, but he's universally disrespected for it, and I kind of thought we were past that. Braun is disputing, of course, but what can he really say? It's his responsibility to make sure this kind of thing doesn't happen. He needs to know what's going in his body and whether or not it's legal. If the test was messed up, that's one thing, but no one seems to be saying that. I've never been a really big fan of Braun's, but I won't pretend it's because I suspected this all along. I will say that he's going to have to somehow prove that the test was flawed and he had no banned substances in his system for me to ever take him seriously again. Look, I don't care that there's no scientific evidence that PED's improve a hitter's numbers. That's not the point. The point is, they're illegal, and until Major League Baseball sees fit to declare otherwise, anyone who takes them is a cheater. If you look at your neighbor's algebra test and copy all his answers, your teacher is not going to care whether your resulting grade is a 100% or a 60%. Whether you were smart enough to cheat productively or not, you still cheated. Bottom line. Also, Matt Kemp should have been the MVP. And Troy Tulowitzki should have been the Rookie of the Year. Maybe now, at least in the minds of the public, they will be.

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