Now that the non-waiver deadline has passed, we’re taking a look back at what each team was able to accomplish before 4 p.m. ET on July 31. Next up in our recap series, the Colorado Rockies.
Colorado Rockies (66-52), 1st in NL Wild Card
ACQUIRED: RHP Pat Neshek (from PHI), C Jonathan Lucroy (from TEX)
TRADED: INF Jose Gomez (to PHI), RHP J.D. Hammer (to PHI), RHP Alejandro Requena (to PHI)
The Rockies made two moves without breaking the prospect bank before the deadline by acquiring veterans Pat Neshek and Jonathan Lucroy.
Neshek, an All-Star this year, has struggled to a 4.76 ERA in his time with the Rockies despite starting the year with a 1.12 ERA in 40.1 innings for the Phillies. Though Colorado was in on high-end bullpen options like Justin Wilson, the club ended up trading a trio of prospects (Jose Gomez, J.D. Hammer and Alejando Requena) to Philadelphia to get one of the best rental relievers on the market.
None of the three prospects is especially highly ranked; Gomez is the no. 18 prospect in the Phillies organization and is the only one of the three ranked in the Phillies top 30 prospects.
The addition of Lucroy came for just a player to be named later, so it’s hard to assess the value the Rockies gave up at this point. Still, adding a former All-Star in Lucroy is an immediate upgrade over Tom Murphy and Ryan Hanigan for Colorado.
The Rockies’ surprise ascent this season means they weren’t as aggressive as some rivals at the deadline, though the club did make upgrades in areas they needed to. Expect general manager Jeff Bridich to be aggressive on the pitching market this winter.
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