Deadline Deals Part 4 – Rox/Mets

Posted: July 31, 2013 in by Freddy Berowski

The Colorado Rockies send LF Carlos Gonzalez to the New York Mets in exchange for pitchers Rafael Montero,  Jeurys Famillia and Jack Leathersich.

Sandy Alderson has made it clear his priority is to bring in a major bat to set behind David Wright in the line-up, and while I hesitate to use the term untouchable, I don’t see the Mets parting with Noah Syndergaard even in a deal for Cargo.  That is just not this front office’s MO. Cargo, who is only 27 and in his prime, is signed through the 2017 season and would fit the bill perfectly.

Hitting in Colorado has never been a problem.  What the Rockies need is pitching, and a lot of it.  It appears that their plans for Drew Pomeranz have not panned out.  The same could be said for Alex White before his arm injury and subsequent trade to the Houston Astros.  The Mets have an abundance of young pitching and it is a strength with which they can deal from.

In Rafael Montero, who started for the World Team in this year’s Future’s Game, the Rockies would be getting a premium young arm, who has a chance to be in the front of Colorado’s rotation for a long time.  Montero features a premium fastball that misses bats and a plus slider, curve and change-up.  He was lights out this year at AA Binghamton, before being promoted to AAA Las Vegas in the hitter friendly PCL.

In Jeurys Familia, the Rockies would be getting another near Major League ready arm that they could slot into the middle of the rotation.  Like Montero, Familia has a premium fastball and a plus slider.  The lack of any plus pitches outside of that puts Familia behind Montero in my book, and he projects more as a number 3 or 4 starter.  Right now, both Montero and Familia are better than any pitcher in the upper levels of the Rockies minor league system.

In Jack Leathersich, the Rockies would be getting a dominant reliever who strikes out a lot of batters.  Unlike Montero and Familia, Leathersich would work out of the pen.  In 46 innings so far this season, split between AA and AAA, Leathersich has struck out 84 batters in 47-plus innings with a 2.83 ERA.  At age 23, Leathersich could be a fixture at the back end of the Rockies bullpen for a long time.

This deal makes a lot of sense for both teams.


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