Rockies Trade for Brad Emaus

Well that didn’t take long … the Blue Jays have traded infielder Brad Emaus to the Colorado Rockies for minor-league pitcher Chris Malone.

Malone is a 27-year-old righthander who relies on ground ball outs. He was 3-5 with a 4.10 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 44 games and 55 IP at AA Tulsa last year.

It is expected that Emaus will be assigned to AAA Colorado Springs.

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  1. NormE April 23, 2011 at 6:40 pm
    So the Mets paid $25,000 to find out what the Blue Jays already knew.
    • Joe Janish April 23, 2011 at 7:05 pm
      I guess so. But at least they got $25,000 back for him as well. That’s enough dough to pay for a half-day of Carlos Beltran’s services.

      In all seriousness, I won’t be surprised if Emaus eventually makes it back to MLB as a second baseman and does OK. I think he was just a little overmatched a little too early in his career, and it appeared to me that he was playing tight / stressed. If he can relax a bit he should be able to handle the bigs.

  2. John April 24, 2011 at 5:52 pm
    Although the career he has in Coor’s would be far different in Citi.

    As I said yesterday, he is a backup infielder who will probably hit about .260, hit a few home runs (especially if he plays in Denver) and you hope doesn’t cost you too many runs in the field.

    • Joe Janish April 24, 2011 at 8:24 pm
      I thought Coors was more normalized thanks to the humidor? Would it still turn Jay Payton into an All-Star?

      In any case, time will tell what happens with Emaus. I think his offense could be considered above-average for a second baseman in the future. Ever since MLB started testing for PEDs, middle infielders are hitting like middle infielders again.

  3. Dan April 25, 2011 at 6:00 pm
    Joe the humidor helped but Coors is still a good hitters park. Coors played very similar to Yankee stadium last year from a homerun perspective, with lefty hitters receiving more benefit than righties. does a nice job with the park factors by year with lefty/righty splits.