Are Trades in the Winds?
Karl Satrum asks: “It doesn’t seem like a ton of trades happen right now, but just wondered on your thoughts as the depth starts to become an issue when the season gets closer with the Rockies depth in pitching as well as at third base and left field.
“Also wondering how the dynamic in the clubhouse is shaken if Josh Fogg gets released and they hang onto Greg Smith to start the season instead of letting his arm strength build in Colorado Springs. Perhaps the double edged sword is that Smith’s confidence gets shaken too much as well by being sent down though as well?
“I have lived all around the states and have always followed the Twins so I can say I think with some level of expert thought, and not sound like a homer, that the Rockies may catch the doubters by surprise this year and be more on the model of the Twins I have followed for twenty plus years. Here’s hoping I am right, would be fun to have another run this year.”
Tracy answers: “The trade talks are minimal right now. Teams are trying to sort out what they have and what they need. The Rockies will have teams checking in, especially on the third base situation because of the presence of Garrett Atkins,and Jeff Baker. Baker would seem to be the one the Rockies would most likely deal, although the return on him would be the lowest because of his limited role the last two years on the big-league team. My guess is Atkins most likely will be dealt in the off-season, although he could be dangled in July. I don’t see Stewart going anywhere.
Fogg is a popular guy with his teammates, club officials and the media. Unless he pitches better, however, I don’t see him making the team and don’t see that being an issue. Obviously Fogg has an intangible, but if he struggles to get hitters out the intangible has minimal impact. He knows that and so do his teammates. Smith could open the season in the minors — maybe at Double-A Tulsa for weather reasons — with the idea the Rockies don’t need a fifth starter until April 21. That shouldn’t impact him, but it would provide the Rockies the opportunity to keep an extra position player in the opening days of the season when the Rockies have three days off in their first 11 days.’”