The Rockies reportedly just made a really weird, and surprising roster move (what else is new?). And this one directly benefits the Chicago Cubs.
Colorado is extending 37-year-old reliever Daniel Bard, who was, until today, considered one of the better relief options on the trade market (1.91 ERA, 2.60 xERA over 37.2 IP).
Setting aside the wisdom of the last-place Rockies (45-56) extending a 37-year-old reliever in a division with the Padres and Dodgers, this is really huge for the Cubs, who just sent reliever Chris Martin to the Dodgers.
In the matter of 15 minutes, two of the better relievers have come off the market, pushing the value of Mychal Givens and David Robertson way up. There is no shortage of contenders looking to add relievers and the Cubs arguably have the top TWO rental options now. Just a really good outcome. And, again, a really weird choice by Colorado.
Update: Ope. And it’s not even a team-friendly deal. This is a top of the market extension for a reliever his age. Again, Bard is great. But what in the world?