Rockies Rumors: Cron, Givens, Marquez
Rockies first baseman C.J. Cron left final evening’s sport with a groin pressure and might be additional evaluated in the present day. Supervisor Bud Black stated after the sport that the Rockies have their “fingers crossed” that Cron gained’t require a visit to the 10-day injured checklist (Twitter hyperlink by way of The Athletic’s Nick Groke), although that very remark is seemingly an acknowledgement of such a chance. If Cron does head to the injured checklist, that may seemingly sprint any hopes of the Rockies buying and selling him — or at the least of receiving a lot in any respect in return. (Injured gamers can nonetheless be traded.)
Cron has had a strong bounceback from final yr’s knee surgical procedure. Signed over the winter to a minor league contract with only a $1MM base wage, he’s batted .245/.357/.460 with 14 dwelling runs. Cron performed in simply 13 video games with the Tigers final season earlier than incurring his season-ending knee harm, however he confirmed an enormous uptick in plate self-discipline throughout that point — one which he’s carried over into 2021. This yr’s 12.1 p.c stroll price is greater than double the profession mark that Cron carried into the yr. As a pending free agent with defensive limitations, he wouldn’t have commanded an enormous return, however a wholesome Cron incomes barely greater than league minimal can be a participant of curiosity to contending golf equipment, even when it’s solely as a bench bat towards lefties.
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Righty Mychal Givens is drawing loads of curiosity available on the market, tweets Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. That’s to be anticipated, as Givens is one other impending free agent on a Rockies membership that has zero postseason aspirations. He’s additionally a fairly established late-inning reliever within the midst of a strong season, having pitched to a 2.73 ERA in 29 1/three innings. Givens’ 27.Four p.c strikeout price is down about six p.c from its 2019 peak, and his 11.three p.c stroll price is his highest since posting an 11.5 p.c mark again in 2016. Each have been trending in the best course over the previous couple months, nevertheless. Givens would clearly assist a contender’s bullpen, and with about $1.42MM of his $4.05MM wage owed past Friday’s deadline, he’s a fairly reasonably priced possibility for different groups.
The Rockies stay “useless set” on retaining right-hander German Marquez, writes Nick Groke of The Athletic in his newest mailbag. Supervisor Bud Black plainly stated earlier this month that the Rockies wouldn’t commerce Marquez, noting that possession and the entrance workplace felt equally. Black indicated that the Rockies had already knowledgeable Marquez and a number of other different gamers that they wouldn’t be moved at this yr’s deadline. It’s a puzzling stance to take for a membership in Colorado’s place, notably if, as Groke later writes in response to a different query, proprietor Dick Monfort needs interim Invoice Schmidt to grow to be the full-time common supervisor within the offseason. It’d be one factor if a membership didn’t need an interim GM to make what may very well be a franchise-altering commerce, but when the Rockies’ eventual GM search leads them again to the identical govt who’s already pulling the strings, then there’s little motive to not at the least take heed to gives on Marquez — even when the desire is to maintain him.