The Denver Post spoke with Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado about the Troy Tulowitzki trade. He’s not exactly pleased:
“I was shocked, we all were, by Tulo getting traded. I’m hurt. Tulo’s been the one guy who has been by my side ever since I was in (Single-A) Asheville. It’s disappointing. That is not the guy I wanted to see go . . . I don’t know any of these dudes we got. But I think if we were going to trade Tulo, I would think it would be for an ace, an established veteran pitcher. Obviously we are starting to rebuild from the ground up.”
He also assumes Carlos Gonzalez is out the door next and says he’ll be disappointed at that too.
The Rockies are thought to be trying to sign Arenado to a long term deal. It doesn’t sound like he’s all that enthused by the organization, however. Of course he’s a Scott Boras client who is eligible for free agency in a couple of years and team loyalty is just as quaint a concept to guys in that position as it is to the folks who do things like trade Troy Tulowitzki, so let’s not get too emotional here.
Still: if you’re a potential free agent with leverage these days, why exactly would you want to sign with the Rockies anyway?
The Pirates are officially shutting down Chris Archer for the season, GM Neal Huntington revealed Sunday. It’s more of a formality than anything else, but, as the Pirates are currently out of postseason contention, there seems to be no point in forcing the right-hander to accelerate his recovery from right shoulder inflammation.
Archer, 30, sustained the injury in late August and was initially projected to return sometime during September. He’s been throwing from flat ground over the last several weeks, but there had been no indication that he was ready to resume starting duties for the club. He’ll end his 2019 run with a 3-9 record in 23 starts and a 5.19 ERA, 4.1 BB/9, 10.8 SO/9, and 0.7 fWAR across 119 2/3 innings pitched; not his worst performance to date, but a considerable step down from the sub-5.00 ERA and 2.6 fWAR he posted with the Rays and Pirates in 2018.
With two weeks left in the regular season, the Pirates will soon wrap up their fourth consecutive non-contending campaign. Following Saturday’s brutal 14-1 loss to the Cubs, they were mathematically eliminated from postseason qualification. They last reached the playoffs in 2015, though it’s been six years since they advanced past the wild card tiebreaker and 27 years since they advanced past the Division Series.