Paul Klee: ‘No Man’s Land’ Rockies refuse to take direction at MLB trade deadline | Sports


DENVER — The Blake Street Bombers and rock stars of Rocktober had their day. God bless them.

These are the Rockies of No Man’s Land. One foot in, one foot out, going nowhere slow.

What’s the plan, man? Tail? Invoice? Bud? Having dinner ? Someone? Only one Major League Baseball team, according to beat ace writer Danielle Allenuck, did not make a single trade by Tuesday’s deadline. The Rockies are one of a kind. They break the mold with this one.

The Rockies could, should have been prime candidates to ship expiring contracts in exchange for young prospects who can turn a loser into a winner down the road – when they’re not 24 games back in the National League West, last and lost, slowly going nowhere. The Rockies of No Man’s Land are kind of right there.

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The Rockies are no longer confusing. They will be disconcerting when they start to make sense.

It makes sense, though, that the Rockies were playing the Padres when the deadline came and went. The Padres executed one of the biggest rallies in ball history (of any type). When it was official the Padres had traded for Nationals stars Juan Soto and Josh Bell, Petco Park broke the news on the big screen. It must be nice. The Padres also completed the acquisition of nearby All-Star Josh Hader. Really nice.

The Rockies don’t stand a chance in a division with the Dodgers and Padres behaving like Amazon and Apple. The Rockies is my neighborhood butcher. Neither is looking to grow.

“I think we are who we are. We are not financially in this situation. We’re going to do the best we can with the resources we have,” general manager Bill Schmidt told Allentuck.

“I think the future is bright,” added Schmidt.

For the Avalanche, yes, the Broncos and the Nuggets. It’s hard to see a bright future for a last-place team that doesn’t realize now is not the time. The Rockies played a doubleheader in San Diego on Tuesday. Right after the trade deadline, around 4:20 a.m., Bud Black was kicked out of a 13-5 loss in Game 1. If I were him, I wouldn’t manage the Rockies anymore and I’d go fishing.

The Rox would have to get worse to eventually get better. Yet they remains the Casa Bonita of the MLB. You go there for the atmosphere.

This week in Rockies history was a doozy, even for the Rockies: Kris Bryant, the $182 million man, went on the injured list for the third time this season; the Rockies have fallen to 3-9 since the All-Star break; the front office met the deadline. Injuries happen, the Rockies aren’t good enough, so the first two can be explained.

The third is incomprehensible. At a fork in the road, the Rockies take the road no one travels.

Pending free agents Carlos Estevez, Chad Kuhl, Jose Iglesias were not traded. CJ Cron either, a very good player. They granted a contract extension to the closest Daniel Bard, another good player. Bless their hearts, they should be good players elsewhere. Start rebuilding yesterday.

“We were looking. We were trying to improve the club. It takes two to trade. Trades are hard to make,” Schmidt said.

No doubt, but 29 of the 30 teams created the surprise.

It’s no fun bitching about the Rox. Denver’s happiest kids hang out at Coors Field. If Dick Monfort sells the team, I promise it will stop.

Promised sworn.

They’re 24 games back now, finished 32.5 games last year, 17 the year before, 35 the year before. Lucid franchises are rebuilding with this kind of recent track record. Cultivate hope.

Schmidt said before the Rockies have good players, but not enough. The deadline is prime time to add more to future Rockies teams. The Rox stood pat.

Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were right, you know. It’s a no man’s land, started from one.


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