According to the Denver Post‘s Troy Renck, Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd is looking to give his team an “attitude adjustment” this winter by bringing in a strong clubhouse presence. Or two.
Veteran utility infielder Jamey Carroll is thought to carry that type of aura, and is known to be on the Rockies’ short list of desired free agents.
Carroll hasn’t homered since the 2009 season and will turn 38 years of age before spring training next February, but he batted .290 with a respectable .359 on-base percentage in 2011 and the Rockies feel he would fit snugly into the No. 2 spot in their lineup.
Renck calls Carroll a “winning” and “unselfish” player, perfect to turn the tide in a young clubhouse. Whether that’s fluff or not, the Rockies’ front office might believe in it.
The 10-year MLB veteran played for Colorado from 2006-2007, batting .275/.357/.370 with seven home runs and 58 RBI in 802 total plate appearances. He could start at second or third base if signed again.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network said yesterday that the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs have been engaged in trade talks involving starting pitcher Justin Verlander and catcher Alex Avila. Morosi also noted that the Los Angeles Dodgers have shown interest in Verlander as well. Whether this is idyl chitchatting of serious dispute is unclear, of course. Everything is unclear in the leadup to the deadline.
The veteran right-hander is carrying a 4.50 with a 120/57 K/BB ratio over 124 innings. Verlander impressed last year, finishing second in AL Cy Young Award balloting, but he has fallen back to Earth in 2017. His velocity remains high, however, and it’s not hard to imagine him going on a solid run in a way that could help a contender. He is owed $56 million over the next two seasons, however, and has a $22 million option that could vest for 2020, so negotiations for him could be tough. If the Tigers want talent back, they’ll have to eat salary.
Verlander got an ovation from a Detroit crowd last night which seemed to sense that, yes, it’s possible he pitched his last game for the Tigers. Given that he has 10/5 rights, allowing him to veto any trade, that decision is ultimately up to him. It’s not hard to imagine him accepting a trade to a contender, however.
We wait see.
The Dodgers beat the Twins last night thanks to a Cody Bellinger three-run homer. But Bellinger was not the only Dodgers rookie who had a notable game. A far more unconventional one is worth mentioning as well.
That rookie is reliever Edward Paredes, who made his big league debut last night. What makes him unconventional: he’s 30. Turns 31 in September, actually. Paredes pitched professionally for 12 years before making it to The Show. Most of that time was in the affiliated minors in the Mariners, Indians, Angels and Dodgers organizations. He spent time in the independent Atlantic League in 2013-15 as well.
Paredes did not do anything heroic last night. It was more of a right place/right time kind of appearance, retiring the side in order with a fly out, line out and a ground out and remaining the pitcher of record while Bellinger hit that three-run homer. That’s enough for a W, though. A W that Paredes waited a lot longer for than most pitchers who notch one in the bigs.