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Rockies trade Stewart, Weathers to Cubs for Colvin, LeMahieu

Dec 8, 2011, 8:21 PM EDT

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According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have traded third baseman Ian Stewart and right-hander Casey Weathers to the Cubs for outfielder Tyler Colvin and infielder DJ LeMahieu.

It’s probably not the big splash that Cubs fans had been hoping for out of the new Theo Epstein-led regime, but it’s a nice low-risk swap capable of paying dividends if things bounce right.

Stewart posted a miserable .156/.243/.221 batting line with zero home runs and six RBI in 136 plate appearances this past year for Colorado. But the 26-year-old has a .913 career OPS at the Triple-A level and mashed 25 home runs as a major leaguer in 2009.

Stewart also has good hands and decent range at the hot corner.

Weathers is basically a throw-in. The former first-round pick had a 5.32 ERA and 48/48 K/BB ratio in 45 2/3 innings this year at Double-A. Already 26 years old, he appears unlikely to ever realize his full potential.

As for Colorado’s haul: Colvin slugged 20 home runs alongside an .816 OPS in 2010 as a rookie before taking a large step back in his sophomore campaign. The Rockies will hope that the thin air at Coors Field can rejuvenate his power numbers. LeMahieu made his big league debut in 2011 at the age of 23 and boasts a .317 career minor-league batting average. He could see some playing time at second base in 2012.

  1. Old Gator - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Oh no! That horrible prion-vectored neurological affliction Die Vloek van der Geitbok spreads much more rapidly at high altitude!

  2. dwrek5 - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Where does Colvin play? Seems Rox need a 3B more than a OF/1B.

  3. tone360 - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Colvin plays left field but also filled in at 1st. Seems like the Rox got the better end of this one. Good luck Colvin.

    • dwrek5 - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:51 PM

      So does Helton, Fowler, Gonzo, and Smith…

  4. polegojim - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    The Rockies are probably the only franchise in the Major League that could completely trade rosters with the Rangers or Cardinals, and STILL end up in last place.

    Colorado’s woes and issues START with Dan O’Dowd and then it bleeds through the entire front office and curses that team.

    When asked about Colorado’s tepid history and ‘non’ success…and I quote him without changing the context in any manner- “Rockies baseball is really more about entertainment than it is about winning”. That was enough to make me puke and not care about ‘Rockies Baseball’ as long as his name is tied to it. Fans are taken for suckers who payout big bucks for…nothing.

    • qcubed3 - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:09 PM

      Not saying you’re wrong, but the Rockies did make it to the World Series in ’07 which is at least something.

    • mondogarage - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:52 PM

      qcubed3’s too nice to you. I’ll say it. You’re wrong.

      The Rockies have finished in last place exactly three times in the entirety of franchise history, and not since 2005, when they started something like five rookies in the everyday lineup.

      The Rockies have three winning seasons and two playoff appearances, in the last five years. The Rockies have also spent money. They’re far from perfect, but your personal grudge against Dan O’Dowd is not an acceptable substitute for fact.

  5. meteor32 - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:45 AM

    Wish the Cubs didn’t have to give up LeMaheu in this deal. I think he’ll end up being the best player in this trade. Colvin should benefit from the light air in Colorado.

    • mondogarage - Dec 9, 2011 at 9:44 AM

      Nail hit on head. LeMahieu is whom I’m really excited about in this deal.

      Both Stewart and Colvin may be good change-of-scenery bounceback candidates, and both, if the manage to do, may be a wash, performance wise. I feel the Rox get the slightly better end, because Colvin’s under team control longer than Stewart at this point, but then, Stewart’s a 3B, which seems to be harder to fill these days with decency than LF.

      On the other hand, LeMahieu may have a real bright future, and Casey Weathers, as good a kid as he is, seems to have ceiling’d out. And 2B has been a perpetual black hole for the Rox offensively, maybe this kid can finally be an answer.

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