The Rockies traded middle infielder Clint Barmes to the Houston Astros for Felipe Paulino. It only takes a minute to see that the Rockies are rocking the wrong end of the deal on that trade.
Barmes has played both 2nd base and shortstop for the Rockies. Barmes hit .235 in 133 games in 2010, with 21 doubles, eight home runs and 50 RBIs and appeared in 665 games splitting time between 2nd and short. This past season, he started 69 games at 2nd and 39 games at shortstop filling in on 32 of 33 games at short while Tulowitski was on the 15-day DL, hitting .284 in that span with three home runs and 12 RBIs. Barmes' biggest season was in 2009 when he hit 23 homers with 32 doubles and 76 RBIs in 154 games as the Rockies' everyday second baseman. His home run total ranked third in the NL for second basemen. In his career, Barmes has a .254 average in 665 games, with 61 home runs and 285 RBIs. In the 2009 season, he became one of just three middle infielders in Rockies history to tally 50 or more extra-base hits. His 126 RBIs since 2009 rank fourth among NL second basemen. Sounds great right?! Well it is pretty good and he came through for the Rockies on more than one clutch occasion through the years.
As for Paulino, at age 27, he was 1-9 with a 5.11 ERA in 19 appearances (14 starts) for the Astros in 2010. For his Major League career, all in Houston, he posted a 6-21 mark in 47 appearances with a 5.83 ERA. Okay, let's examine this. Paulino is younger than Barmes, by 4 years. Paulino is a pitcher, allegedly, although his stats don't make him out to be a very good one. Numbers like 1-9 and 6-21 don't look all that great against .254 average, 61 homers, and 285 RBIs, as well as playing TWO skill positions well. Oh, and don't forget Paulino missed 3 months of playing time due to shoulder tendinitis.
The Rockies traded away a really good middle infielder and hitter for....a 6-21, 5.83 ERA "alleged" pitcher. How is this is a good trade? The Rockies are rocking the wrong end of that deal by far. The Rockies are banking all their infield mojo on Eric Young, Jr and they are trying to free up money for Carlos Gonzalez, but at what expense and at what benefit? They get rid of Corpas to replace him with basically another Corpas and give up a reliable everyday man who gets timely RBIs when needed. Definitely rocking the wrong end of the deal.