Report: The Rockies are shopping Charlie Blackmon


Charlie Blackmon is coming off a breakout season in which he batted .288 with 19 home runs, 72 RBI, and 28 stolen bases across 154 games, but Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of are reporting that the Rockies have discussed him in “trade talks with multiple teams.”

The Rockies would really like to add a starting pitcher, so the idea is to use Blackmon as a chip. His value might not ever get any higher, so it could be smart to sell now if they have doubts about his ability to duplicate his 2014 production. The Braves, Cubs, Rangers, and Orioles are among the teams looking for an outfield bat at the moment.

If the Rockies move Blackmon in a trade, team officials believe that they could sign an outfielder to replace him. Rosenthal and Morosi mention Colby Rasmus as a possibility. He could be used as part of a platoon with Drew Stubbs, who has posted much better numbers against left-handed pitching during his career.

Angels release Matt Harvey

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Among several transactions made on Sunday, the Angels announced that pitcher Matt Harvey has been released. The right-hander was designated for assignment on Friday.

Harvey, 30, was hoping to bounce back with the Angels after signing a one-year, $11 million contract in December. It didn’t work out. In 12 starts spanning 59 2/3 innings, Harvey allowed 47 earned runs on 63 hits and 29 walks with 39 strikeouts. Harvey missed time between May 24 and July 12 with an upper back injury.

Since his 2015 campaign with the Mets, after recovering from Tommy John surgery, Harvey has a 5.65 ERA in exactly 400 innings. Given his age, he could still find an opportunity with another team short on pitching depth, but he is running out of leash, as they say.