Marcel Lachemann has resigned as specialist assistant to Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd, stepping down after spending 12 seasons in the organization because of “different ideas on the development of pitchers.”
Based on what Lachemann told Jack Etkin of Inside the Rockies, he appears to have a pretty strong disagreement with the team’s approach:
Not that I’m right. There’s all different ways to do it. I just don’t feel comfortable being there and working with some kid and saying, “This is the way the Rockies do it” if I don’t believe in it. By the same point, I don’t want to be the guy standing in the background saying, “I don’t know why they do it that way.” When that becomes the case, it’s just time to move on.
Etkin notes that multiple pitchers drafted by the Rockies in the first round have struggled in recent years and the 70-year-old Lachemann plans to keep working in another organization because “I don’t think my wife could put up with me day in and day out.”
Rian Watt of Baseball Prospectus is hearing that a trade that would send Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs involves prospect Gleyber Torres and more going to the Yankees. He adds that the holdup in the trade talks is centered around a contract extension for Chapman, believed to be around four years in length and $60 million total. The deal may not be finalized if the Cubs don’t get him signed to an extension they like. In Watt’s words, “Package is set. Extension is not.”
We learned earlier on Sunday that the Yankees were working hard to trade Chapman, reportedly in contact with at least four teams. The Cubs were not believed to be the front runners but certainly upped the ante by offering Torres.
Torres, 19, is rated the Cubs’ #1 prospect and #24 overall in baseball by MLB Pipeline. The shortstop has spent the season with Single-A Myrtle Beach, batting .275/.359/.433 with nine home runs, 47 RBI, 62 runs scored, and 19 stolen bases in 409 plate appearances.
Torres is currently roadblocked at shortstop by Addison Russell, and 21-year-old Ian Happ is rated #3 in the Cubs’ system, so the club would be dealing from surplus.
Prior to Sunday afternoon’s game against the Mariners, the Blue Jays designated reliever Drew Storen for assignment and recalled reliever Ryan Tepera from Triple-A Buffalo.
Storen, 28, had a nightmare of a time with the Jays, leaving with a 6.21 ERA and a 32/10 K/BB ratio over 33 1/3 innings. The Jays acquired him in January from the Nationals in exchange for outfielder Ben Revere and a player to be named later.
Storen is owed the remainder of his $8.375 million salary, which makes it likelier that the right-hander will pass through waivers unclaimed. He’ll be eligible for free agency after the season.