Hit or Miss: The Rockies' Top 5 Trade Deadline Decisions
Though the Rockies are a relatively young organization compared to most of the rest of the MLB, they have had their share of trade deadline deals that have impacted the rest of that particular season.
One move at the deadline can make or break a team's season.
Trading away a player who seemed to be a problem to team will usually turn out to be a good idea.
On the other hand, trading a player who seems to be a catalyst to a team's success in the first half of a season can turn out to kill a team's hopes of making the postseason.
Note: Because of the young age of the Rockies' organization, the total number of trades the Rockies have pursued at the deadline are very minimal.
5. MISS. July 31, 2002 - The Rockies get Jay Payton, Mark Corey and Robert Stratton from the Mets.
This was a horrible trade for the Rockies. The biggest name in this trade was Jay Payton.
Sure, while he was in Colorado, he seemed to be a fan favorite, but he never really took off during his stay.
He hit .303 with 16 homers and 59 RBI's in 134 games in his first season with the Rockies.
Mark Corey was a definite bust for the Rockies.
In 2002, he made 26 appearances (22 innings) and posted a record of 0-3 while pitching his way to an 8.59 ERA.
Those statistics are simply unacceptable, especially in the MLB.
Robert Stratton did not show up on the Rockies' historical statistics page for the 2002 season; therefore, he could not have done anything of note after the trade.
Needless to say, the Rockies did not make the playoffs in 2002.
However, even had they not traded John Thomson and Mark Little, the chances of playoff baseball in Colorado in 2002 was minimal.
4. MISS. July 31, 1998 - Ellis Burks to Giants.
Ellis Burks was an iconic face of the Colorado Rockies from 1994-1998. He represented the Rockies in the 1996 All-Star Game.
Burks was a veteran presence in the clubhouse which never can be compromised.
In 1996, he helped the Rockies win the NL Wild Card (they promptly lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Braves) which was their only other playoff appearance aside from 2007.
His numbers did not dramatically decline in his last two years with Colorado, which makes this trade even more baffling.
Sure 1996 was a breakout year for him. That is the one season with the Rockies that was out of place. All the other seasons have been about the same statistically.
In the early years of the organization, and now to a certain extent, the Rockies' front office has made many baffling trades that have caused fans to scratch their heads.
This was only part of the beginning of the series of baffling trades the Rockies have made.
3. MISS. July 25, 2000 - The Rockies trade Neifi Perez to the Royals for Jermaine Dye.
This could have been a GREAT trade for the Rockies:
Neifi hasn't been in the news for having a great year since his years with Colorado.
Dye has been a VERY good player for the White Sox for the past few years.
The Rockies traded for him and then immediately traded him to Oakland for three players: Jose Ortiz, Mario Encarnacion, and Todd Belitz.
None of the three players made an impact for the Rockies.
They were still a very mediocre team that has been looked at as a team that could never make the playoffs.
Had they been smart about their future, they would have kept Dye and most likely have become a perennial favorite in the NL West.
However, because they did not, they have been rotting in the cellar or close to it since 2000, save for this year and the end of 2007.
2. HIT. July 31, 2000 - The Rockies trade Pedro Astacio to the Astros for Scott Elarton.
This trade was a good one only because they traded an aging star for a young arm that helped the Rockies for the few years after the trade.
Sure, Astacio was the franchise leader in wins until this year (Aaron Cook surpassed the mark of 59 earlier this season), but he was getting old by pitching standards and the move needed to be made.
Scott Elarton proved to be an average arm for the Rockies, but he was not a bad pitcher.
In his first full year with the Rockies, Elarton struggled by posting a 7.06 ERA in 132.2 innings.
1. MISS. Aug. 6, 2004 - The Rockies trade Larry Walker to the Cardinals for three minor leaguers.
Why in the world would a team trade a player like Larry Walker?
Sure, he was getting a little gray, but he still possessed good power and was still a great player when the Rockies traded him.
This trade made many fans scratch their heads.
Why would you trade a Blake Street Bomber?
The three minor leaguers the Rockies received were pitchers Jason Burch, Luis Martinez, and Chris Narveson.
None of those players have made it big in the MLB.
The Cardinals clearly "won" this trade because Walker contributed in a big way during their run to the World Series in 2004.
He hit six home runs during the 2004 postseason, whereas the Rockies, like so many other years, failed to make the postseason.
Walker could have helped usher in a new group of Rockies from the minor leagues and imparted his wisdom upon them.
Instead, all of the then new players like Matt Holliday, Garrett Atkins, and Brad Hawpe, had to learn everything from Todd Helton (otherwise known as the Toddfather).
If the Rockies had kept Walker, both he and Helton could have sped the maturation process for those players and it probably wouldn't have taken until 2007 for the Rockies to make the postseason.
Regardless, the Rockies chose to trade away a very wise, experienced player, and the fans were livid, to say the least.
All of these trades have made an impact on the Rockies organization, big or small.
Historically, the Rockies have chosen to acquire big name players from free agency; therefore, blockbuster trades that can change the entire season just do not happen with the Rockies.
These trades have made some kind of impact on the team, but nothing drastic. The most that these trades messed with in the clubhouse would be morale.
Morale is a big part of a team, and when it gets messed with, bad things can happen. Fortunately for the Rockies, these trades did not do much to the morale, thus did not change the outcome of the season.