Wednesday, July 26, 2017

MLB news: Rockies acquire Neshek for three prospects



            The Colorado Rockies have acquired reliever Pat Neshek from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for INF Jose Gomez and RHPs J.D. Hammer and Alejandro Requena, all of which are prospects.

             The Rockies have been interested in a reliever to be a set-up man for closer Greg Holland, and were in talks with the Marlins for A.J. Ramos. Neshek fits that role, and has had a great 2017. They give up three prospects for Neshek, but none have high upside.

             Neshek, 36, has a 1.12 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 40.1 innings this year for the Phillies. In his 11 year career for the Phillies, Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres and Minnesota Twins, Neshek has a 2.76 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 423 strikeouts in 423.1 innings.

             The Phillies, as rebuilders, are selling their veterans, like Neshek. They receive three prospects for him, including the Rockies 21st best prospect in Gomez. The two pitchers, Hammer and Requena, weren't on the Rockies top 30 list.

             Gomez has a .324 batting average, four homers, 33 RBIs and 18 steals in 351 plate Appearances for Single-A this year. In his minor league career, Gomez has a .316 batting average, nine homers, 130 RBIs and 73 stolen bases in 1186 Plate Appearances.

            Hammer, in his Class-A debut, has a 2.36 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 13 saves and 65 strikeouts in 42 innings.

            Requena, also in his Class-A debut, has a 2.85 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 97 strikeouts in 117 innings.

            I think this is an even trade. For the Phillies, they trade one of their veterans, and get three prospects for him. And for the Rockies, they acquire a big need. That's why everyone wins this deal.

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