What Happens in Vegas…
As December falls upon us, the holiday spirit is on the mind of most
people. Buying all those lights to put over your house that make it
look like a perfect row of icicles. Or those giant inflatable snow
globes they have with Santa flying around the world. Or digging out the
menorah and placing it in the window for everyone to see. Yes, the
holiday’s are upon our minds. Not mine, however.
The one thing that is usually always on my mind: baseball. That’s
right, I’m skipping out working on a paper that I desperately need to
write to graduate in order to blog. Man, I need a life. As December
looms over us the only thing that’s on my mind are the Winter Meetings.
The Rockies are looking for a left handed relief pitcher,
and they’re hoping to find one while
hanging out in fabulous Las Vegas. While GM’s from all over will be staying in the
beautiful Bellagio, I’ll be sitting in finals and worrying who they’re
going to trade. The Rockies have shown interest in many left handers
and may be willing to pay up should the right one come along. There are
many players that the Rockies are considering offering in such a deal.
These players include center fielder Willy Taveras, catcher Yorvit
Torrealba, relief pitcher Huston Street, and third baseman Garrett
Willy Taveras is a good player to offer. In the entire major league
this season, he had the most stolen bases with sixty-eight. No one was
even closer to him. The man was practically invincible when it came to
stolen bases. Not only that, but baseball is very much a mental game,
and having a runner like Taveras on base makes any pitcher nervous and
puts thedefense on edge. His speed is practically unmatchable and, if I
recall correctly, was successful almost 92% of the times he attempted.
When looked at it from this aspect, anyone would want Taveras. However,
there’s a catch, and that is probably what would be holding a team up
for wanting him. As I’ve said before, everyone’s stats went down this
season, but Taveras’ seemed to take a hard hit. As the lead off man, his job was this: get on base. Not only that, but he had to be able to work the count as well. Neither of these, Taveras seemed to be very good at. His OBP dropped to the lowest it’s been in his entire career. So what can Taveras do? Bunt. He’s got enough speed that he can make it to the base while the pitcher, catcher, or third baseman are trying to make it to the ball. He’s got that going for him. However, this creates yet another problem. Taveras is very predictable. He’s not a major league hitter, over his career he’s had seven homers. Most people know that he’s going to bunt because his batting isn’t anything impressive. But Taveras can often make this up with speed. In fact, I tried to find a picture of this but couldn’t, Barmes and Taveras are running home and Barmes slides in and Taveras is right in after him. He caught up to Barmes and (assuming this is right in my memory) had to run 90 feet more than Barmes. His speed cannot be matched, and he can score that extra run.
Yorvit Torrealba could be a good trade as well. Torrealba’s stats are nothing too impressive
either. In fact, we have a great catcher, his name is Chris Iannetta. Now, I know that no catcher ever plays all 162 games. That would be ridiculous and they wouldn’t last very long at all. Iannetta is a great player though. He was came in third for home runs this season behind two of our best: Brad Hawpe and Garrett Atkins. Also, and I may be wrong about this one, he didn’t make a single error this past season. So I’ve been bragging about Iannetta a lot, which doesn’t appear to have a whole lot to do with Torrealba. And, well, not only did Torrealba’s stats suffer this past season because everyone’s did, but he was also on the DL for… something. Something with his knee,
right? A tendon? I can’t quite remember. While
Torrealba was gone, Iannetta got to prove what a phenomenal player he was. But, Torrealba’s healthy now, so now he does have trading value. He was the one who played in the post season of the NLCS in 2007, he’s not a bad player. His trading value is high and we have someone who can easily come in and take his spot. And, sorry to say, someone who (in my opinion) is better than Torrealba. He’s younger, and is already putting up some great stats, so from here, Iannetta will hopefully move up.
Everyone’s also looking for a reliever. Huston Street’s has put up good numbers, and I would have no problem with seeing him stay on the team. I’ve given you my reasons before, the
biggest one being that I just don’t like Manny Corpas. Unfortunately though, with everyone searching for a reliever, the Rockies, I’m sure, will be willing to give him up. He is a good player and a right handed one. So, the Rockies, my guess, would be more likely to get rid of him because they’re in need of left handers, not right. We’ll see what happens with Street. I wouldn’t be completely crushed if he left, but if I got to, I would vote for him staying with the Rockies club. But, what needs to be done needs to be done. The only lefties we really have right now are openers: Jorge De La Rosa, Jeff Francis, and Greg Smith. And please, please, I’ll beg the club not to resign Glendon Rusch. He doesn’t do anything. In fact, I feel very much towards Rusch the way I feel towards Corpas. Hmm…
The last thing to bring up is Mr. Garrett Atkins. Now, I won’t go into the lecture on how I
believe that we need to keep him and how I believe he’s vital to the team. Mostly, I just wanted to put his picture in my blog and talk about how great I think he is. Because he is. Granted, he’s a more seasoned player compared to his young competition, Ian Stewart. But he has great moments, and man, well, I just am pretty crazy about the guy. I really do hope that he stays with the Rockies, not just because I’m crazy about him, because he’s a leader, a great player, and reflects, with heart, what a privilege it is to play this awesome game.