CarGo, Trades and Tracy

With the season winding down like a tornado of destruction, the news coming out of Colorado is a mixed bag of disappointment, deliberations and determination.

CARLOS GONZALEZ’S THOUGHTS

Carlos Gonzalez sat down with Mile High Sports’ Chris Binachi for “Five Questions“, sort of a misnomer since there were actually six questions asked and answered.  Some of the highlights included CarGo’s continued insistence that his numbers dropped because he wasn’t being protected in the lineup by the likes of Tulo:

Well, it’s been difficult….I had a rough second half with everything going on. I dropped a lot of my numbers because obviously I didn’t have anybody hitting behind me and I was trying to do too much because things weren’t happening. So that’s why my numbers went down.

He did go on to say he was overall happy with his personal season, especially going 20-20 for the third year straight, as well as making the All-Star team and hitting .300.  His comments weren’t as positive when it came to the team as a whole (“Our record is bad. It’s one of the toughest years that I’ve ever played (in) with all the injuries and the way the team has been playing.“), the season as a whole, (“You know, we’re going to have rough years, and we’re definitely going through a bad one right now, but I have faith that we’re going to get better and we’re going to find a way to win…“) and his numbers taking a hit, (“(I’m going to) grow as a player and get bigger numbers.”).

His feeling on being a leader was also covered, and the fact that, even though he spoke perfect English and Spanish, he preferred to lead by example as opposed to words.

I’m one of those players…I show everybody when I’m on the field. I’m not one of those guys talking, telling people what to do. I just try to get on my routine, and as a leader, I just feel like when you’re doing things right, everybody needs to follow you and do whatever you do on the field…I try to help (younger players) whenever they need my help, and I just try to go out there and play well and demonstrate that everyone should play at the same level. Even with the Spanish guys, I’m just trying to show them what’s the way to get better and what’s the way to play the game on the field, because as a leader, that’s what you need to do I think, you just need to motivate everybody with their game and try to make sure everybody’s on the same page: to win championships.

His off-season plans are to spend time in Orlando, where he just moved to, and work out to get better for next season.

TRAID BAIT

In an article posted by Troy Renck last night, it appears there is talks going on in the background for possible trades of Dexter Fowler and Michael Cuddyer.  One interesting point Renck made was that his sources are “opposing executives and scouts.”  Getting the pulse of the trade market via other teams front offices seems to be a great way to get information that hasn’t been sanitized.

The logic behind the two names presented has to do with Tyler Colvin:

The availability of Fowler and Cuddyer is related to the Rockies’ depth and Tyler Colvin’s versatility. Colvin, though he might miss the remainder of the season with a swollen left elbow, is capable of playing all three outfield positions and first base. If Todd Helton returns from hip labrum surgery, the Rockies will have a glut of players at first, where Cuddyer and Jordan Pacheco are expected to see time.

Atlanta and Philadelphia are both teams mentioned as possible suitors in the off-season, at least for Dex.

Renck also mentions that there was at least one other team that was willing to match the Rockies $31.5 million three-year contract, the same contract that has been almost universally pointed to as an overpay for the type of player he is.

TRACY AND GEIVETT MEETING

It looks to be a long weekend for Jim Tracy.  As Renck reports, he will be summoned on Saturday to justify his position as Rockies manager in front of Bill Geivett, the director of major-league operations.

Monfort said on Sunday that no decision has been made. Perhaps as the team closes in on 100 losses (a magic number according to some), the scope of the meeting should become clearer. Tracy is still under contract for $1.4 million for 2013 and has a “handshake” agreement on an “indefinite” contract in February.

Word is that his job status is 50/50, a much better percentage than the team will end the season with.  The handshake took place with Monfort, but Geivett apparently has “sole” recommendation on Tracy’s status post-Saturday.

At this point, (Tracy is) under contract. We haven’t discussed anything yet. When we get through, we are going to sit down after the season and talk about everything. That will be one the biggest things as we look to as far as planning and what we are doing going forward.

Geivett has worked with Tracy for almost 20 years.

In a possible sign as to how the meeting will end, Geivett has continued to bang the drum of “Coors Altitude Issues” more than anything:

There’s been a lot made about our pitching, but we are 14th out of 30th in road ERA. With all the issues, problems and injuries, we are in the middle of the pack. We have to get better at pitching at home. Coors Field is where we have struggled and at times where we have not tailored our games to. That’s our home. That’s where we want to be. To truly have home-field advantage we have to pitch better there.

Perhaps someone will remind Geivett that picking up fly-ball pitchers to pitch at Coors isn’t the fault of the altitude or “tailoring games”, but a distinct ineptitude on the part of scouting and signing.

Gee, wonder who’s in charge of that?

FILE UNDER “ANOTHER REASON THE ROX LOSE”

It should come as no surprise that the best player on the team last night, Rox rookie Rafael Ortega, is sitting tonight.  Such is the lack of baseball knowledge coming from the “lineup master” Jim Tracy*.

(*disclaimer: should it be found that Ortega is sitting because of the massive welt on his shin due to being hit by a fastball last night, the previous sentence shall be disregarded!)

ROCKIES LINEUP SNAKES LINEUP
2. Tyler   Colvin (L) CF 2. Aaron   Hill (R) 2B
3. Chris   Nelson (R) 3B 3. Justin   Upton (R) RF
4. Wilin   Rosario (R) C 4. Paul   Goldschmidt (R) 1B
5. Andrew   Brown (R) RF 5. Miguel   Montero (L) C
6. Matt   McBride (R) 1B 6. Chris   Johnson (R) 3B
7. Charlie Blackmon (L) LF 7.   Gerardo Parra (L) LF
8. Jonathan Herrera (S) SS 8. John   McDonald (R) SS
9. Drew   Pomeranz (R) P 9. Wade   Miley (L) P

IN GAME CHAT

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Julian
Julian
8 years ago

I’m certain that there were a number of AAA rosters with an average age older than the average age of our roster tonight. I have to admit that I like watching the young guys play because of their energy and enthusiasm. And, I think that some of the young guys have real talent and ability and should have productive major league careers (it’s just too bad that not enough of them are starting pitchers). I wish I saw the same… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

14th in road ERA … Wow, that’s not so bad. Until you stop and think. There are 14 teams in that other league. You know, the one where pitchers don’t hit? So let’s exclude them because they necessarily play in a higher run scoring environment. I show our road ERA as 4.46. Among NL teams — that’s the apples to apples comparison — that would put us … wait for it … just a bit ahead of the Cubs and… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag, that’s just awesome!

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

Right now Chris Nelson is hitting .300. It has taken years, but he finally is playing at a level that almost warrants him being a first round pick. In a terrible season, he has been a pleasant surprise.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Pinch hitter Tyler Chatwood, sent in to lay down a 1-out bunt. (Sigh)

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Gee, you may be sick but at least you’ll be happy when you read the outcome of the game!

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

No 100 loss season! (I fell asleep after Chatwood’s pinch hitting appearance.) Get better, Jared.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

Boy, I’m so glad the Rox won’t lose 100. Had they done so, there would have been massive upheaval in upper management.

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

63 wins! Woo-hoo! Pop the champagne corks. Viva la management! Lifetime contracts for everyone!

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Renck this morning gives us his take on Rockies 2013. Some really bad ideas there. (Remember, this is the guy who in October 2011 was lobbying for signing Michael Cuddyer.) Chief among them: moving Rosario to 1B. Guys, let’s not get carried away with Rosario’s hitting. He did show impressive power, but he doesn’t have a track record that would make anyone think “potential starting first baseman.” Catcher, yes … assuming he can catch. We also get the same “trade… Read more »

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

And isn’t the worst place to play a catcher who can’t catch (but can throw) 1st base?

Like the scene in Moneyball when the Billy Beane character asks the old coach to tell the player how easy it is to play 1st, “It’s incredibly difficult.”

Bob K.
Bob K.
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I have always been thankful that Renck isn’t the person that makes the decisions for the Rockies.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

Renck has been known to allege the Rockies interest in about 50% of mlb players out there. Go back to this past off season and up thru ST. Let’s not forget the Renck also alleged EY wouldn’t be on the roster going into the season.

JT has to “justify” his position to Bill Geviett?!?! LMAO what a freakin joke!!! How come Geviett never had to justify his position as Sr. Vice President – Scouting & Player Development.

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

I only watched bits and pieces of the game last night. Spent most of the night watching baseball games that actually meant something to at least one of the teams if not both. I did see Betancourt’s blown save and pinch hitter extraordinaire Tyler Chatwood but went to bed before the end of the game. I think it was last year that Renck seemed to write every other day about how Carl Pavano was available and the Rockies wanted him… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill

yep Bill I was also mostly watching other games. It was a bad night for me as the Rays were eliminated. I was crying like a …

Didn’t expect this but I seem to have become an Orioles fan tonight. I hope they go far.

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