Here's the latest about the Rockies as the team opens up a three-game series against the Reds in Cincinnati….
- GM Dan O'Dowd tells MLB.com's Thomas Harding that the organization isn't going to make any quick changes based on the club's poor record thus far, including his own job. "That's human nature: fire the GM….And we're examining our entire process," O'Dowd said. "We don't stick our heads in the sand, but we make decisions in a calmer way, rather than an emotional way. Hey, I've made them the other way. I've acted the other way in previous years. That doesn't work, either. I've intentionally chosen to act the way I'm acting. I'm all in. No backing out now."
- Owner Dick Monfort told Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post earlier this week that he wasn't going to fire either O'Dowd or manager Jim Tracy. As part of a live chat with Denver Post readers, Patrick Saunders disagreed with Monfort, saying "if the Rockies' season continues to go south this season, O'Dowd's job should be in jeopardy. There is no way he should be getting a free pass. This is a performance-oriented business."
- From that same chat, Saunders also said that Jamie Moyer's time in Colorado is running out as the Rockies will want to give their young pitchers a chance in the rotation. The Denver Post's Troy Renck cited Marco Scutaro and Jeremy Guthrie as midseason trade candidates; Renck would "be surprised if Guthrie is not dealt."
- The performance of the Rockies' pitching staff, as well as Tracy and O'Dowd's handling of those pitchers, is criticized by Paul Swydan of Fangraphs. Swydan also recaps the Rockies' poor returns on recent trades.
I don’t see how you can view Jeremy Guthrie as a serious trade candidate at this point. He’s been terrible and will cost $2.7 million dollars for a 2-month trade deadline rental. Maybe if he pitches lights out until July, maybe, but we all know that’s not going to happen.
I just don’t think Jamie Moyer will be let go by the Rockies. He is too big of a clubhouse presence. And with how bad Bob Apodaca is as a pitching coach he will stay.
I understand loyalty, but we’ve all also seen athletes hang on to old friends who do nothing but drag them down, and we all lampoon those guys for not cutting ties with them instead.
O’Dowd has handed Tracy a sub-standard MLB roster and Tracy has made that problem even worse with his mismanagement of it.
“I’m all in. No backing out now.” Well unless you’re canned Dano. Then you have to back out and you’re firing would be intentional as well.
Man the natives are restless in “Rockie Country.”
2 players remaining from a 07 WS team and I believe 30 of the 38 roster spots that left returned 0 players that are currently on the roster.
Including a more than a few former all-stars. I’m not saying that Hawpe, Atkins, Cook and Francis are good players now, but at one time they had trade value, yet the Rockies let them all deteriorate before non tendering them.