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Colorado Rockies Trade Rumors: Latest Updates, News and Reaction

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2014

Colorado Rockies Trade Rumors: Latest Updates, News and Reaction

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    After a hot start to the 2014 MLB season, the Colorado Rockies have cooled off and will now face an interesting decision to make as the trade deadline approaches.

    Are they buyers or sellers?

    At this point, it's hard to argue that the team can be anything but sellers. The only problem is that a few of its key trade chips, Michael Cuddyer and Jorge De La Rosa, are either on the disabled list or have battled injuries this season.

    It's very unlikely that Colorado would even consider trying to deal a big star, such as Carlos Gonzalez. The team has a lot of talent on offense, but once again, poor pitching has hurt it. It's tough to put up good numbers on the mound at Coors Field, so unless the team is willing to put together a big package for a front-of-the-rotation starter, selling is the likely scenario.

    Make sure to keep checking back here to see what rumors the Rockies are involved in or what deals the team makes as the MLB trade deadline approaches.

Done Deals

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    July 2: Acquired RHP Jair Jurrjens from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for minor league 1B Harold Riggins.

    July 24: Traded LHP Chris Capuano to the New York Yankees for cash considerations

Rockies Reportedly Won't Trade Jorge De La Rosa

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    Update: July 31 at 11:50 a.m. ET

    The Rockies have not ruled out trading De La Rosa, according to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi. However, it does appear likely that the team will trade him.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: July 30 at 4:52 p.m. ET

    The Denver Post's Patrick Saunders tweeted that sources are telling him that the Rockies will not trade Jorge De La Rosa at this year's deadline. 

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: July 25 at 12 a.m. ET

    ESPN's Jim Bowden reported that the New York Yankees are interested in Jorge De La Rosa. The Yankees have dealt with numerous injuries to their rotation, and they have been exploring the market looking for arms.

    --End of Update--

    Jorge De La Rosa had a breakout season in 2013, but he has taken a step back this year. If the Rockies decide to be sellers at the deadline, The Denver Post's Patrick Saunders believes that the pitcher could find himself on the trading block.

    After going 16-6 with a 3.49 ERA in 30 starts last season, the 2014 season has been one of mixed results. He failed to make it out of the fifth inning of any of his first three starts of the year. After that, he did not allow more than three runs in a game for nine straight starts. Over his next four starts, he allowed fewer than five runs only once.

    The 33-year-old's inconsistency, this year and throughout his career, certainly won't help his value. However, he is one of the team's best trade chips. 

    De La Rosa is set to become a free agent after the season, so Colorado may not be able to get the type of return that it could've gotten for him in the offseason. 

    As of now, it's tough to tell what the Rockies will do at the deadline. They aren't completely out of the race, but they will have to get on a good run in order to have a legitimate chance of making the playoffs. If they decide to sell, veterans like De La Rosa could be dangled at the deadline.

    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun wrote that the Baltimore Orioles are interested in De La Rosa.

Rockies Unlikely to Trade LaTroy Hawkins

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    Update: July 31 at 11:50 a.m. ET

    The Rockies have not ruled out trading LaTroy Hawkins, according to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi. However, the team doesn't appear inclined to trade him.

    Hawkins is 2-2 with 17 saves and a 2.92 ERA in 38 games this season. 

    The 41-year-old shows no sign of slowing down. His earned run average is slightly better than the 2.93 he posted with the New York Mets in 2013. His ERA has been below 3.00 in three of the past four seasons, and it has not been above 3.64 in any season during that span.

    Colorado holds a $2.25 million team option on Hawkins for the 2015 season.

Brett Anderson Reportedly Not Available for Trade

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    Update: July 30 at 4:55 p.m. ET

    The Denver Post's Patrick Saunders tweeted that sources are telling him that the Rockies will not trade Brett Anderson at this year's deadline. 

    Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Rockies plan to pick up Anderson's $12 million option for 2015 or sign him to a longer deal.

    Anderson is 1-3 with a 3.24 ERA in six starts in his first season with Colorado. He has a career 3.77 ERA in 90 games (79 starts), with 84 of those games coming with the Oakland Athletics. He had a 3.81 ERA over parts of five seasons in Oakland.

Will Rockies Trade Troy Tulowitzki?

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    Troy Tulowitzki has given his all to the Colorado Rockies organization since being drafted with the seventh overall pick in the 2005 MLB draft, but given recent comments, it sounds like he may be interested a change of scenery. However, ownership reportedly has no plans to trade the face of its franchise.

    Update: July 30 at 11 a.m. ET

    It doesn't look like Carlos Gonzalez or Troy Tulowitzki will be playing for the Mets this season. Unless the two sides engage in "speed dating," there does not appear to be enough time for the two clubs to work out a deal involving one of the two stars, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

    Heyman also reported that a Mets source said that Tulowitzki would prefer to be a Yankee, so any talks in the offseason between the two teams would likely be focused on Gonzalez.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: July 28 at 11:35 p.m. ET

    The New York Mets are interested enough in Troy Tulowitzki that they are ready to offer the Rockies top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, according to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan. Colorado would definitely be looking for pitching help in any trade involving Tulowitzki, and it appears that the Mets would be willing to offer up a big piece.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: July 25 at 12 a.m. ET

    The New York Mets are interested in Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, according to The New York Post's Joel Sherman. It's not clear how interested the Rockies would be in moving either of their stars, but the Mets have let the team know that they are interested in the players should they become available.

    --End of Update--

     

    The shortstop has won two Gold Gloves, two Silver Sluggers and made four All-Star teams while playing for the Rockies. Hitting at Coors Field is certainly going to help his offensive numbers, but at some point, most players would rather win than put up gaudy numbers.

    Here's what Tulowitzki told the Denver Post's Mark Kiszla about the possibility of leaving Colorado:

    In Todd Helton, there's someone who's easy to look at his career here and how it played out. I have the utmost respect for Todd, but at the same time, I don't want to be the next in line as somebody who was here for a long time and didn't have a chance to win every single year. He played in a couple postseason games and went to one World Series. But that's not me. I want to be somewhere where there's a chance to be in the playoffs every single year.

    Of course, Tulowitzki helped the Rockies get to the World Series in his rookie season back in 2007. However, the 2009 season was the only other time he has made it to the postseason in his career.

    It was just back in 2010 that the shortstop signed a seven-year extension through 2020. Tulowitzki is still owed $126 million through the rest of his contract. When he is healthy, any team would love to have him. However, staying healthy is an issue. He has played in more than 140 games only three times through the first seven full seasons of his career.

    Even if Tulowitzki would be open to a trade, ownership doesn't have to trade its best player. As of now, it doesn't seem likely that the Rockies will trade Tulowitzki any time soon. Rockies owner Dick Monfort addressed Tulowitzki's situation during an interview with the Denver Post's Patrick Saunders:

    Where is all of this talk? I have read some stuff, but I haven't heard anything about him wanting to leave or us wanting to get rid of him. I don't have any plans of doing any of that.

    [When asked about Tulowitzki potentially asking for a trade] Why don't we wait until he does do that?

    This season hasn't gone the way the Rockies had hoped, and now, they have to deal with trade rumors surrounding the face of their franchise.

Drew Stubbs Reportedly Drawing Trade Interest

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    Thanks to Coors Field, Drew Stubbs may draw some trade interest if the Rockies decide to put him on the block.

    Fox Sports' Jon Morosi reported that the Seattle Mariners are interested in Stubbs. The Mariners would like to add a right-handed bat, and Stubbs' speed would work well in Seattle. However, it's not clear if the Rockies are interested in moving the outfielder.

    Before this season, Stubbs had always had a lot of potential but had a tough time realizing that potential. This season has easily been his best season at the plate.

    In 2014, Stubbs has hit .297 with 10 home runs, 14 doubles and two triples. He has hit 22 home runs in a season before, but his average is more than 40 points higher than it has ever been for a full season.

    Of course, Stubbs is the perfect example of how Coors Field can help offensive numbers. He is a career .245 hitter, but his average has been helped this year by the hitter-friendly ballpark. He is hitting .351 with eight home runs and 10 doubles at home this season. He is hitting .229 on the road.

    Stubbs is already on his third team in as many seasons. He is under team control through the 2015 season, but given his success this year, the Rockies could try to sell high on him.

July 21: Rockies Designate RHP Jair Jurrjens for Assignment

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    July 23: Jair Jurrjens was outrighted to Triple-A.

    July 21: The Colorado Rockies have designated Jair Jurrjens for assignment, according to The Denver Post's Troy Renck.

    Jurrjens was 0-1 with a 10.61 ERA in two starts with Colorado. He allowed 11 runs on 20 hits in 9.1 innings in his two starts. He went 4.2 innings in each start, allowing eight runs in one start and three runs in the other.

    July 2: The Colorado Rockies have acquired right-handed pitcher Jair Jurrjens from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for minor league first baseman Harold Riggins, according to The Denver Post's Nick Groke.

    This move would have been a big story a few years ago, but now, Jurrjens will just serve as depth. Groke tweeted that Jurrjens will report directly to Triple-A.

    The right-hander has pitched in the majors for three different clubs (Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves and Baltimore Orioles). He made two appearances with the Orioles last season, but he hasn't appeared in more 11 games in the majors since 2012.

    Jurrjens has a career 3.63 ERA in 126 appearances throughout his career. This season, he was 2-3 with a 4.46 ERA in 34.1 innings over six starts with the Reds' Triple-A team.

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