Troy Tulowitzki went down and Marco Scutaro got traded, setting the stage for Josh Rutledge. If you don’t know who he is, he’s the dude in the Colorado Rockies uniform who is simply raking.
Rutledge went 4-for-5 with three doubles and three RBI in last night’s win over the Dodgers. For the season — 22 games worth since his promotion from Double-A Tulsa — he’s hitting .356/.372/.700 with six homers, 18 RBI and three steals.
Rutledge, the Rockies third round pick in 2010, turned 23 in April. He raked to the tune of .348/.414/.517 at high-A last season, and in Double-A this year he hit .306/.338/.508 in 87 games, so while .350 is not sustainable, the guy does have some chops.
I don’t know what his defense is all about, but he’s not going to supplant Tulowitzki as the starting shortstop next season. But boy howdy, he’d make a nice companion at second base, yes?
The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.
Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.
While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.