The Oaklands have been very happy letting rookie Jemile Weeks play second base and they have been looking for a suitor to take on Mark Ellis and some salary. The Rockies have been in desperate need of a second baseman. Well, it was a perfect chance to make a trade and Troy Renck of the Denver Post was the first I saw to break the news.
Ellis brings a plus glove to the Rockies and a bat that seems to play one year and take the next off. He has a poor .247 wOBA so far this year but posted a .326 wOBA last year that included a .291 average and .358 on-base percentage. He was a +9.9 UZR fielder last year and has already been +1.9 this year and is a good base runner with a +1.2 already this year.
Renck reports that the Rockies will take on $1M of the approximately $3M left on Ellis’ deal. The Rockies will likely send Chris Nelson down and move Jonathan Herrera to the utility roll. Renck also states that ”one more deal will happen” and it may include Jamey Carroll.
The Rockies give up rookie reliever Bruce Billings who profiles mostly as a 12th man on a pitching staff. The move should improve the poor performance the Rockies have recieved the past two months from the keystone position. I think this was a smart move by the Rockies and it was a very good thing they addressed the issue early enough that Ellis could potentiall add a full win to the Rockies and they did not have to give anything of value away in the trade.