A few weeks ago I wrote the argument that Cal Quantrill is a great trade chip if the Colorado Rockies let him. My goal was to cover both sides of the argument for the Rockies, why they would trade him and why they wouldn’t trade him. There is some promising news on that front, as the Rockies are reportedly willing to listen to offers for Quantrill, but with a year of team control, the ball is still in their court.

Today, we’ll dig deeper into the last part of that argument and discuss the idea of ​​a possible extension to ask the same question I’ve written about before: is an extension worth it?

There’s no doubt that Quantrill has been the Rockies’ most consistent and reliable pitcher this season. Despite having an unusually tough outing against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, Quantrill still leads the team in innings pitched (102 13 ) and ERA (4.13) while remaining competitive in nearly every other category. He’s proven to be a steal for what he’s provided in terms of value, all while pitching in a tough stadium like Coors Field.

A key factor that is likely most attractive to the Rockies is Quantrill’s career-high 46.4 percent groundball rate. His ability to induce weak contact and groundballs in abundance by placing pitches in the zone will likely elicit Pavlovian responses from Bud Black and other top brass. Quantrill represents the prototypical starting pitcher the Rockies have long coveted.

Of course, it’s a risky move to always rely on ground balls, but with a stellar defense playing in the field, it helps mitigate a lot of that risk and makes his 4.59 FIP a lot easier to stomach. His newfound use of the splitter has helped him regain his strikeout potential this season, as he’s striking out at 17.5%, his highest since 2021. Yes, his career-high 9.0% walk rate is concerning, but Quantrill’s other traits have helped keep him from getting burned too badly on those thanks to double-play balls and fighting through jams.

There are also the intangibles that don’t show up on a stat sheet that the Rockies have benefited from thanks to Quantrill. His competitive spirit and bulldog mentality have been a major factor in his success as a pitcher. Quantrill is not easily fazed or discouraged by the challenge of pitching in Colorado. When he arrived before the season, he immediately began picking the elder statesman’s brain to learn the ropes of pitching at Coors Field. It’s paid off with a 4.00 ERA at home (including his one start in Mexico City) and a fairly even split on the road. Quantrill has proven himself to be an effective pitcher at home and away, and that’s largely because he doesn’t let the offensive implications of pitching at home sway him.

That mentality is something the Rockies have struggled to cultivate throughout their history. There’s so much exaggeration about pitching at Coors Field and the altitude that it’s often had a negative effect on pitchers, and the team has done little to correct that fact. Quantrill’s mentality is a valuable leadership trait that the team could certainly use, as they have a lot of young pitchers coming up for the team.

What would an extension look like? Quantrill is making just over $6 million this year, which is a steal considering what starting pitchers were getting on the free-agent market. Given the way he’s pitched, it makes sense that Quantrill could make at least $8 million in his final year of arbitration eligibility. However, there’s a real possibility that the Rockies could try to sign Quantrill to something along the lines of a three-year, $30 million extension with a $10 million AAV. It would buy out his final year of team control and two years of free agency, carrying him through his age 32 season.

While it’s not a bad deal cost-wise and Quantrill has proven himself valuable in Colorado, I still believe they should trade him and that an extension isn’t worth it. The Rockies need to continue to replenish pieces and move younger talent. There are some intriguing future starters who could quickly find their way to the big leagues, and the rotation is already clogged. Kyle Freeland and Antonio Senzatela (who has yet to return from injuries) are signed through at least 2026, Germán Márquez will soon return from Tommy John surgery and is signed through 2025, and the Rockies need to figure out what to do with Austin Gomber who still has one year of control.

As mentioned, Quantrill is a luxury that the Rockies have not earned the right to keep long-term. Whether they call it a rebuild or a reconstruction, the fact is that the team is bad and needs to build for the future. Quantrill is a piece that you acquire with the hopes of trading him for something new as soon as possible to add depth. For the betterment of the team, it would be wise for the Rockies to forgo an extension and trade him as soon as possible in the coming weeks.

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Scott Oberg embraces ‘special’ opportunity to give back to Rockies | Denver Gazette

Luke Zahlmann spoke with former Rockies reliever and current special advisor to the team, Scott Oberg, who is looking forward to the opportunity to share his knowledge with a new generation of Rockies pitchers.

MLB All-Star Rosters: Ranking Every Team’s Biggest Cuts | Fox Sports

While the conversation revolves around who won the All-Star game, just as much is said about who didn’t make it. For the Rockies, Brenton Doyle gets the nod in this article, especially after winning NL Player of the Week. Ezequiel Tovar and Elias Diaz both get mentioned.

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On the farm

Triple-A: Tacoma Rainiers 10, Albuquerque Isotopes 9

Jimmy Herron collected four hits, including a home run, while Grant Lavigne hit a three-run homer as the Isotopes scored nine runs on 14 hits, but fell just one short after a three-run eighth inning by Tacoma. Peyton Battenfield battled through five innings, allowing five runs, three of them earned. Riley Pint ran into trouble in the eighth inning, giving up two hits but getting two outs with a run scored before being relieved by Chance Adams, who then allowed a two-run home run and suffered the loss.

Double-A: Portland Sea Dogs 7, Hartford Yard Goats 3

In what could be his final rehab start, Germán Márquez allowed three runs in five innings, allowing just four hits, retiring eight batters and walking no. Warming Bernabel delivered a three-hit day, while Braxton Fulford drove in two runs.

High-A: Everett AquaSox 6, Spokane Indians 3

Futures Game All-Star Chase Dollander worked just three innings, surrendering one run on two hits while walking two and striking out nine. He threw 71 pitches before being relieved by Braxton Hyde who allowed two runs on five hits in three innings of work. Brayan Castillo struck out six in two shutout innings, giving the Indians a chance to tie the score at three in the seventh inning thanks to EJ Andrews Jr. as part of his two-hit day. In extra innings, the AquaSox went after Luis Amoroso, scoring three runs on a pair of doubles and a single.

Low-A: Storm 13 on Lake Elsinore, 5 on Fresno Grizzlies

Despite giving up five runs, Alberto Pacheco pitched in the sixth inning and left the game tied. Brady Hill ran into trouble in the seventh inning, surrendering five runs and recording just one out in the sixth. Darius Perry led the way in offense with a pair of hits, including a double, and two RBI, as the Grizzlies had eight hits in the game.

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