Rockies Acquire Franklin Morales

The Rockies have acquired left-hander Franklin Morales from the Red Sox in exchange for infielder Jonathan Herrera, according to Ian Browne and Thomas Harding of MLB.com (Twitter link). In a second tweet, Harding adds that minor league right-hander Chris Martin is also headed to the Rockies.

The Red Sox acquired Morales from the Rockies in exchange for cash considerations in May 2011. With Boston, the now-27-year-old Morales pitched to a 3.90 ERA with 8.6 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9 in 134 innings. Though he did not pan out as a starter, Morales has held left-handed hitters to a .194/.286/.301 batting line in his career.

The Rockies added left-hander Boone Logan last week on a three-year deal, which led to them dealing Josh Outman to Cleveland for Drew Stubbs just less than an hour ago. However, Morales will now give manager Walt Weiss another lefty option to pair with Logan in the bullpen. Though Morales is a fly-ball pitcher, homers haven't been a problem for him in his career with the Rockies. He averaged 0.9 HR/9 as a member of the Rockies and has matched that rate at Coors Field, allowing seven homers in 70 1/3 career innings there.

Martin, 27, posted a 2.25 ERA with 9.2 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9 in 72 innings of relief between the Double-A and Triple-A levels. Martin was actually drafted by the Rockies in the 21st round of the 2005 draft but did not sign. He went on to pitch in independent ball, where Red Sox scouts noticed him and signed him as an amateur free agent prior to the 2011 season.

The 29-year-old Herrera has batted .276/.326/.357 for the Rockies over the past two seasons in 466 plate appearances. The bulk of his work in the Majors has come at second base, where he has outstanding marks of +5.2 UZR/150 and +15 Defensive Runs Saved. Herrera also has experience at third base and shortstop, making him a versatile addition to manager John Farrell's bench.


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66 Comments on "Rockies Acquire Franklin Morales"


MB923
1 year 8 months ago

MLBTR tradition – Wow, didn’t see this coming

EarlyMorningBoxscore
1 year 8 months ago

Well the Sox get the utility infielder they were looking for. That’s a positive thing.

Karkat
1 year 8 months ago

Feels like not much of a return for a serviceable arm, but we really were lacking some infield depth I suppose. At least Herrera defends well?

Croagnut
1 year 8 months ago

Can’t imagine getting more for Morales. He would’ve most likely been released or DFA’d sooner or later. Glad to get something back for a guy who was terrible last year.

BoSoXaddict
1 year 8 months ago

I think it was a fair return but I disagree that Morales “most likely [would have] been released or DFA’d sooner or later.” – he had more value than THAT.

Croagnut
1 year 8 months ago

Well Morales value wasn’t good enough to bring back a utility infielder on his own. Red Sox had to throw in a pretty good minor leaguer just to get the deal done.

Croagnut
1 year 8 months ago

Can’t imagine getting more for Morales. He would’ve most likely been released or DFA’d sooner or later. Glad to get something back for a guy who was terrible last year.

Joe Valenti
1 year 8 months ago

I feel like they easily could have kept Morales and just signed Clint Barmes. Maybe they were looking for more in a bat?

John Donovan
1 year 8 months ago

Herrera is scrappy in a David Eckstein sort of way (but not quite that good). He will get the occasional clutch hit, can play the infield and the outfield pretty well, and is the perfect 25th man on the roster. The problem comes when he is asked to be more than the 25th man on the roster. His weaknesses show then.

BTW, there is no way the Rockies would have ever given up more for Morales. We know what he is capable of, but we also know what he has shown better than anyone.

discollama
1 year 8 months ago

Morales again? Interesting. This explains why they felt that they could give up a lefty in their pen for Stubbs.

Brandon Mason
1 year 8 months ago

Why would they want him back.?

John Donovan
1 year 8 months ago

Well all I can say is I don’t want him back. It’s going to bring back bad memories of him and Felipe Paulino in the pen. Every game they came in one of them blew it big time. I thought that was why the Rox traded him away to begin with.

BoSoXaddict
1 year 8 months ago

Maybe cuz he’s a 27 year-old LHP that can throw 96, has great career numbers against lefties and is versatile enough to be a back-end starter or spot-starter? I still like the trade for the Sox, but Morales isn’t some bum..he’s still got plenty decent upside.

Wags71
1 year 8 months ago

He hasn’t thrown 96 in awhile.

Thizzie
1 year 8 months ago

Uhh he still brings it dude

Rockiesfan4ever
1 year 8 months ago

Bringing it being an average fastball velocity of 93 MPH?

BoSoXaddict
1 year 8 months ago

Well, he only pitched in like 20 games last season cuz of injuries (some of which were of the unlucky variety) but he definitely was gettinf it up there in 2012. I believe as a starter he sits more around 93-94 but there’s no doubt he’s got good stuff – this was much more about the Sox dealing from a surplus to fill a need and dealing someone who didn’t really have a well-defined role on the team than it was about them dealing a player they didn’t like.

BoSoXaddict
1 year 8 months ago

Well, he only pitched in like 20 games last season cuz of injuries (some of which were of the unlucky variety) but he definitely was gettinf it up there in 2012. I believe as a starter he sits more around 93-94 but there’s no doubt he’s got good stuff – this was much more about the Sox dealing from a surplus to fill a need and dealing someone who didn’t really have a well-defined role on the team than it was about them dealing a player they didn’t like.

jethom33545
1 year 8 months ago

Yeah, last summer.

vtadave
1 year 8 months ago

Not sure whether Chris Martin can pitch, but at least he has his musical career to fall back on.

Eric Foley
1 year 8 months ago

Ha, just got that.

Chioakcisco
1 year 8 months ago

Not only does he sing, he also goes by the alias “DJ Premier.” Seems like he’s set.

Spencer James
1 year 8 months ago

From glancing at the numbers, these two seem like solid depth addition for the Sox. Good move on Ben’s part.

Thizzie
1 year 8 months ago

Johnny Herrara is solid, has competitive at bats and good with the glove. Can play 2B, SS, 3B and OF.

Rockiesfan4ever
1 year 8 months ago

Martin is coming from the Red Sox to the Rockies

SwingtimeInTheRockies
1 year 8 months ago

That makes more sense as I did not recognize the name.

Matt Talbert
1 year 8 months ago

I mean a depth move, a b/u UTL infielder for a potentially useful role-specific bullpen arm I see nothing wrong with this for either side. At the very least…I mean its not going to make or break you more than likely.

The_Porcupine
1 year 8 months ago

Why would they want him again? Did pitching in Boston suddenly make him good?

James F
1 year 8 months ago

Well, I like this trade but it could turn ugly if Andrew Miller goes back to his old tricks.

EarlyMorningBoxscore
1 year 8 months ago

Not really. They still have Breslow, and Britton as lefties out of the pen.

James F
1 year 8 months ago

Britton isn’t ready. He has good stuff but he still needs work in the minors which could become troublesome if, again, one of our lefties struggle, mainly Miller..

Chris Coburn
1 year 8 months ago

I can see Britton being ready at some point this season. How soon and how ready are certainly unknown, but with the exception of 5 bad innings in Pawtucket he’s been pretty solid through the lower levels. Definitely needs to bring the walks down quite a bit. Will be fun to watch along with Henry Owens when they’re more developed.

James F
1 year 8 months ago

He’s good for low leverage or long relief at best at the moment. And yeah, he needs to work on his command which he has been improving but the majors is not the place to do it.

EDIT: We seem to have a Britton fanboy voting down all my comments.

Chris Coburn
1 year 8 months ago

Probably Drake himself.

Croagnut
1 year 8 months ago

How is this even a debate? Britton’s the 3rd lefty option out of the bullpen. Most likely he will be able to start the season in the minors, but even if he didn’t lots of pitchers pitch in the majors at 25. Also, he’s not replacing Uehara, its FRANKLIN MORALES were talking about.

In case you forgot, the numbers: (ERA, WHIP, BB/9, WAR)
Morales: 4.62, 1.539, 5.3, -0.1
Britton: 3.86, 1.333, 3.0, +0.2

“Definitely needs to bring the walks down quite a bit” When were you going to talk to Franklin about his 5.3 BBs per 9? Seriously, WAY too critical for a very minor role on the team.

James F
1 year 8 months ago

You’re comparing a small sample with a down year from Morales. Age has nothing to do with this either. I don’t care about the Sox trading away Morales as well. It’s the fact that if someone goes down again (Which resulted in the Sox having to get Matt Thornton) or Miller has a bad year (Which Morales had last year), the Sox cannot rely on Britton in high leverage situations which is his biggest problem.

Croagnut
1 year 8 months ago

1) Morales’s ’12 season: (His best in his career)
3.77, 1.231, 3.5, +.6
Britton’s numbers aren’t far off those. And looking further at the BB/9, Morales has never in his career had 3.0 BB/9 as Britton’s was this year. Yet, you criticize Britton’s BB/9.
2) Don’t compare Miller to Morales, Miller is worlds better pitcher than Morales.
3) Good mention of Thornton. If it doesn’t work out, why can’t they grab another Thornton when they need?

Simple fact Red Sox needed a utility infielder and gave up a pitcher they would most likely have released/DFA’d sooner or later. Britton probably will spend most of the season at Pawtucket, but IF he does come up, and IF he falls flat on his face, they can alway trade another Brandon Jacobs for another Matt Thornton.

Croagnut
1 year 8 months ago

*Another note Brittons AA and AAA BB/9 aren’t as bad as Morales’s major league numbers.

Colby Smith
1 year 8 months ago

Britton’s ready to go after his experience in the playoffs. He threw pretty good for a rookie and he’s a solid lefty arm out of the pen,

James F
1 year 8 months ago

He didn’t pitch in the playoffs.

Colby Smith
1 year 8 months ago

oh sorry my bad ha I just realized that he did pitch pretty good at the end of the season though

Chris Coburn
1 year 8 months ago

Too bad Morales never really developed into the starter we thought he could become after his late season surprise in 2012. Hopefully he can establish more control and consistency back in Colorado. Btw Chris Martin would be headed to the Rockies FROM the Red Sox.

WrigleyTerror37
1 year 8 months ago

Avalanche!!!
Rockies players falling down the Mountain.
Rockies are really moving pieces today
edit (spelling)

NOLASoxFan
1 year 8 months ago

It’s hard to be objective about Morales. His numbers with the Sox were okay and showed some promise. But, it sure did seem like his bad days on the mound were some kind of ugly.

MaineBaseball
1 year 8 months ago

Red Sox dealt from a surplus (lefty relievers) and got a piece of need (utility infielder who can bat from the left-side). Excellent trade by Ben. To be honest, I’m glad it was Morales who went. Even though he had a some good stuff watching him pitch was painful sometimes when he couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn.

rsoxbob
1 year 8 months ago

I hope Herrera proves to be of some value, because not only does Morales have great stuff and upside (I know–consistency is the issue), but Martin was fantastic last year (albeit in AAA)…seems like an overpay, but hope it works out. (Hidden plus: should put a nail in the Stephen Drew Red Sox coffin!)

SwingtimeInTheRockies
1 year 8 months ago

This either ends up a small plus move fr both clubs or a meh move for both. Frankie Mo’s a solid bullpen addition and Herrera’s a useful-ish utl guy.

DerekJeterDan
1 year 8 months ago

Out for the Rockies – Josh Outman and Jonathan Herrera
In for the Rockies – Franklin Morales, Drew Stubbs, Chris Martin

I’d say Colorado had a pretty good day at the office.
Still shouldn’t have traded Dexter Fowler but good day, none the less.

Croagnut
1 year 8 months ago

Rockies traded for Morales, who they gave up for cash, 2 years ago. ERA 4.62, WHIP 1.539, “Okay perfect time to get him back”. Great Move, saved him the heartache of being released.

Wags71
1 year 8 months ago

Chris Martin is going to the Rockies, not the Red Sox.

Croagnut
1 year 8 months ago

Best thing about this trade is I’ll stop mixing him up with Felix Doubront.

Shauntell
1 year 8 months ago

The Rockies just wanted to have 3 lefty relievers again after they dealt Outman. Why they absolutely need 3, I don’t know…

Brent Nault
1 year 8 months ago

I love what the Rockies have done thus far: adding Jordan Lyles, Drew Stubbs, Brett Anderson, Boone Logan, Justin Morneau, and LaTroy Hawkins.

Thizzie
1 year 8 months ago

Excpet that Morneau has little to nothing left in the tank. He looked pretty much done last year, I thought he might have to sign a minor league contract coming off his poor 2013 season