The Colorado Rockies took a shot at stabilizing its second base position by acquiring veteran Mark Ellis from the Oakland A’s on Thursday. Ellis, 34, had been with the A’s for nine years but he lost his position to Jemile Weeks recently.
The Rockies have employed a small army at 2B this season and haven’t gotten the results they were looking for. Time will tell if Ellis can improve on his .217.253/.290 line with a switch to the National Leage. If not, he’ll fit right in with Jonathan Herrera, Alfredo Amezega and Co. who have manned the position for the Rockies thus far.
The A’s picked up Ellis’ option in the offseason and he will be eligible for free agency after this season.
Now that July is here with the non-waiver trade deadline looming at the end of the month, there will be moves aplenty as the contenders and fringe contenders look to pick up the available talent from the also-rans. Traditionally, big-time teams make big moves, while borderline contenders like the Rockies make moves like this. But as the deadline gets closer, if the Rockies pick it up and position themselves better, they could set their sights on bigger targets in an effort to win the weak NL west.
Stay tuned, this is just the beginning.