Colorado Rockies: Top 4 Assets for Sale After Trading Ubaldo Jimenez
The Rockies looked like they still had a shot at the NL West crown a few weeks ago and acquired Mark Ellis to continue a push, but an injury to Carlos Gonzalez sent them spiraling out of control and they are now more than 10 games out of the division and further out of the wild card.
The Rockies are surprisingly loaded with versatile players, who should have a lot of value for teams looking to fill holes. This makes them primed for a successful sale, even though most people were only talking about Ubaldo Jimenez, whose trade to the Indians should be made official Sunday.
Here are the top four Rockies that could be packing their bags at the deadline.
4. Jason Giambi, 1B/DH/PH
The Rockies' ability to trade Giambi came into question when they had to put him on the 15-day DL this week with a strained left quad, but interest is still there.
Giambi isn't an everyday player anymore, so he won't bring a lot back to the Rockies, but he has a lot to give to a playoff contender, especially in the National League. Giambi hasn't been the greatest pinch hitter, but has had a lot of experience DHing, which, as Adam Dunn has shown, is not an easy thing to do. Giambi has spent most of his career as a DH, so a National League team could benefit from his leadership, a little pinch-hitting and an experienced DH in the World Series.
The injury makes him hard to move by Sunday, but I don't expect Giambi to be a Rockie by the waiver-wire deadline. Look for Jason to be gone between now and the end of August.
3. Mark Ellis, 2B
Mark Ellis got dealt once this season and could easily be on the move again. Ellis is a solid middle infielder that could probably also play third.
The Phillies come to mind as a team that seems to have constant injuries to their infielders. The St. Louis Cardinals may also look for a boost at second base. After struggling in Oakland, Ellis has done very well in his days in Colorado. Questions remain whether or not Coors Field has to do with the success, but Ellis is still a solid player. His impending free agency makes him a likely sell, especially since Chris Nelson is pushing for playing time.
2. Ryan Spilborghs, LF/CF/RF
Ryan Spilborghs (aka Christian from Master Chef?) hasn't had the best season, but is a versatile fourth outfielder that could benefit from a change of scenery.
His average and power haven't been very good, but Spilborghs offers great defense. He can play all three outfield positions, so a team lacking outfield depth could benefit.
Spilborghs may be suited for the Boston Red Sox, since Spilborghs is probably an upgrade over Darnell McDonald.
1. Ty Wigginton, 1B/2B/3B/LF/RF
Ty Wigginton is no stranger to deadline buzz. Wiggy was traded from the Rays to the Astros a few years back and was a name thrown around a lot in 2010, but stayed in Baltimore. This year could be different for the powerful utility player.
Wigginton has some pop in his bat and has hit 13 home runs this year in just 86 games. He also has the ability to play any position, except short, center and catcher. This makes him an attractive candidate for a lot of teams. The Yankees could use him at third, the Braves could use him in right and third, and the Pirates (who drafted him) could use him all over the place.
It's pretty clear that their are opportunities for the Rockies to deal Wigginton, but injuries could hold them from pulling the trigger. Wigginton is valuable, but the real value could come in trading him, so the Rockies should deal the slugger.