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Rockies acquire Ellis from A's

Posted on: June 30, 2011 3:11 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 9:45 am
Mark Ellis

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Rockies have found their solution at second baseman, getting Mark Ellis and cash from the A's in exchange for right-hander Bruce Billings and a player to be named.

Colorado has been searching for a second baseman since the offseason when the team tried to get Michael Young from the Rangers. Instead, they've gone with a mixture of Jonathan Herrera, Chris Nelson, Jose Lopez, Alfredo Amezaga and Eric Young Jr. Rockies second basemen have hit .236/.291/.319 through 80 games this season.

Ellis came off the disabled list last week only to see the emergence of rookie Jemile Weeks, who had gone from the team's second baseman of the future to its second baseman of the present in the time Ellis' 15 days on the DL for a strained right hamstring were used up.

Ellis is hitting .217/.253/.290 in 233 plate appearances this season, but should get a boost from playing at Coors Field. 

The $1 million sent from Oakland will be used to cover some of what remains of Ellis' $6 million salary for this season. He is a free agent after this season. Ellis had a partial no-trade clause in his contract.

Billings, 25, has appeared in one game this season, allowing five hits and a run in two innings. He was 6-2 with a 4.47 ERA in 29 games and 50 1/3 innings for Triple-A Colorado Springs this season.

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Since: Oct 25, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:39 pm

Rockies acquire Ellis from A's

Ellis is having a career low year. When he is 100% healthy, he gives you .270-.300avg, high obp, and flawless defense.

Mark has quietly been the best defensive second basemen for the past decade. He should have atleast 3 gold gloves.

Good luck in Colorodo, thanks for the memories.

Since: Apr 7, 2011
Posted on: June 30, 2011 8:41 pm

Rockies acquire Ellis from A's

Ellis for the A's=unsung

Since: May 26, 2011
Posted on: June 30, 2011 8:12 pm

Rockies acquire Ellis from A's

I hate to see a guy like Mark go. Being a diehard A's fan, it's been rough the past couple of years, to say the least. The one guy you could count on in the lineup was Ellis. He has heart, guts, talent, and he's great in the clubhouse. However, he has been injury-plagued of late, which lead to the emergence of the explosive Jemile Weeks. In the end I'm sad to see Mark leave, but it's a good move for both the he and the A's. Ellis is gone, but won't soon be forgotten in Oakland.

Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: June 30, 2011 8:04 pm

Rockies acquire Ellis from A's

Talk about young players any thoughts on s.f. young s.s. Crawford and if he will become a top player in the future?

Since: May 8, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 7:04 pm

Rockies acquire Ellis from A's

Good move for Oakland and for Ellis - the A's are going nowhere this year and Ellis has some pop and a steady glove which will help the Rockies -- betcha he hits 12+ HR;s the second half for Colorado and helps them win that division.  A's have some young players they need to figure out, whether it's Weeks, Rosales, Sizemore, etal .... they're still too challenged offensively to take the AL West. I like the move, an wish the gutsy Mark Ellis all the best.

Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 6:34 pm

Rockies acquire Ellis from A's

Ellis can't hit, how will this help the Rockheads at 2b?  

Since: May 2, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 5:54 pm

Rockies acquire Ellis from A's

I like the move.  The heel of the Rockies infield has always been a productive player at second base.

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 5:46 pm

Rockies acquire Ellis from A's

People are a little rough on Ellis' line for THIS year. Its his career low. Look at his career numbers. A few years back when the A's had a little bit of a lineup, Ellis got a lot of key hits. The guy is a bonafide big leaguer, so the Rockies did get a solution. Plus, he is an excellent glove. One other thing he will like about Coors Field: he is a contact guy. He doesn't strike out a lot, and contact guys get more hits at Coors.

As for the harsh critiques of Billy Beane: hell, he isn't always right - nobody on earth is - but he has made an awful lot of good moves. The A's have fielded mostly competitive teams for 12 years. A couple of the recent disaster years were due to record setting injury lists. Even in those years, the team doesn't get beat 12-4 routinely like the Royals, say. Even this year, the team is good. It is underperforming, to be sure. But if all those hitters just hit to their career averages - just mediocre, like they are - the standings would be upside down. You can't put it on Billy Beane that 7 guys in the lineup are having their worst year all at the same time.

This was a good move for both teams.

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2011 5:36 pm

Beane is a REAL Snart Guy

His selection of Geren as manager for 2011 has gone great! My bad! He was fired about 2 weeks ago. His trade of Matt Holliday was great as well! Oh Wait-he had Brett Wallace as part of the trade and now he is Houston batting close to .300 and starting. Beane is an expert only in his mind and his dreams.  A's will be also rans until they trade Beane for ANYONE!

Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: June 30, 2011 5:34 pm

Rockies acquire Ellis from A's

Ellis is not an offensive threat, I don't see how the Rockies improve from what they had/have

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