The Rockies have designated left-handed reliever Mike Dunn for assignment, per a team announcement. His 25-man roster spot will go to infielder Pat Valaika, whom the Rockies recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque.
The 34-year-old Dunn’s DFA will conclude what has been a disastrous stint on Colorado’s 40-man roster for the longtime major leaguer. After Dunn enjoyed a mostly successful run with the Marlins from 2011-16, the Rockies signed him to a three-year, $19MM guarantee heading into the ’17 campaign. Since then, though, Dunn has limped to a 5.93 ERA/5.01 FIP with 8.89 K/9 and 5.51 BB/9 in 85 innings. Last Friday, in what may go down as his final appearance as a Rockie, Dunn allowed four earned runs on four hits (including a homer) in just a third of an inning during a loss to the Padres.
Not only has Dunn failed to produce with the Rockies, but he hasn’t stayed healthy as a member of the club. He sat out a large portion of last season with an AC joint issue that required surgery and missed time this month with an injury in the same area. The Rockies still owe Dunn upward of $4.9MM (including a $1MM buyout for 2020), but it appears they’ll have to eat that money.
Dunn’s road numbers are very good, albeit small sample size. Atrocious at home. Same thing in 2017.
Some team will take a shot on him and his road splits.
He was Dunn on his rare good days, Dung the rest f the time.
Sorry, the puns are too easy for this one.
I guess you could say his days in Colorado are… finished?
$60K an inning over his career. Not too shabby.
And $223k per inning as a Rockie!
You were right the first time. Rockies fans and the team spell it “Rockie” as a singular.
That’s weird that they do it that way. Oh well!
Minor league contract braves. No obligation to bring him up, but get him work and see if he shows signs of his old decent self.
Good riddance to bad rubbish. I’m sure he is a nice guy and I don’t wish anything bad in his real life, but I hope he never wears a Colorado uniform again. I don’t care about his road splits, I don’t if he was good in the daytime on a Tuesday versus another day. He was awful as a Rockie. PERIOD.
That being said, why in the world are you getting rid of him to give his spot to Valaika? Patty Barrels is a fun player and a fan favorite, but the guy doesn’t belong on an MLB roster. Find a pitcher. Pick up Cody Allen. Get someone the Mariners are trading for peanuts. Anyone.
Of course you do not care about his road splits. That is why your opinion is invalid. You’ve had since 1993 to figure it out; in Colorado, it matters.
His last appearance was a total disaster as were many others during his tour of duty in Colorado. The Rockies will need to upgrade both their starting and relief corps, if they plan to participate in the playoffs. One more good, consistent starter and one reliever might do it. The Rox have a potent offense-particularly since Desmond and Murphy have found a groove to help out the other regulars.
Some team is gonna give Dunn a chance. A lefty will almost always get another shot at the brass ring. They get recycled more often than old 7-Up bottles. Might be a good fit in Philly’s bullpen as a lefty specialist? . Morgan has been hurt , and Alvarez isn’t reminding anyone of Steve Carlton.
Given his previous performance it was a reasonable signing when they made it. Just didn’t work out. Things like this happen.