Rockies concede Brewer’s mistake after Josh Hader trade

The Colorado Rockies pulled Dinelson Lamet from Milwaukee Brewers waivers.

What was your fondest memory of the Dinelson Lamet era in Milwaukee? David Stearns and company didn’t hold him for very long after trading Josh Hader for him just four days ago.

To takes the surprising step To nominate Lamet for the Aug. 3 deployment as the “roster adjustment was getting a bit more difficult,” Stearns had hoped he would be able to successfully pass waivers so he could become eligible for Triple-A.

There were several flaws in Stearn’s plan from the start. For one, Lamet could technically turn down minor league play and go free agent instead. The other is the fact that when powered up, Lamet is one of the more intriguing arms in the game.

That Colorado Rockies No doubt saw some of that potential in him and successfully snapped him up from Milwaukee waivers just four days into his tenure as Brewers. To make room for Lamet in the 40-man roster in Colorado, right-hander Ashton Goudeau was selected.

Rockies: Dinelson Lamet claimed waivers from the Brewers

Just two years after he emerged as a contender for the NL Cy Young Award, it’s been a strange few for 30-year-old Lamet. After missing a large part of the 2021 campaign through injury, he came back from the Padres’ bullpen this year to bring his stock back to 2020 levels.

Long story short, things didn’t go according to plan for him. In 13 relief appearances with the brothers, Lamet notched a 9.49 ERA and 5.06 FIP in 12.1 innings, hitting nine batters along the way and throwing three wild pitches in that short span of time.

This poor performance led to a demotion to the minor leagues, where he played in both Double-A and Triple-A at San Diego, highlighted by a 1.54 ERA in 11 relief games for Triple-A El Paso, hitting 18 strikeouts and giving up zero home runs in that span.

Lamet’s $4.775 million contract, which he’s earning this year, was one the Padres were happy to take off the books and send to Milwaukee in the Josh Hader deal. Stearns had mentioned that his inclusion in the deal was to “level things up,” which likely means the Padres were eager to get his salary off their books.

Lamet and his 97 MPH fastball was a piece Brewers fans have been looking forward to, whether from the starting rotation or the bullpen, but now that will never happen.

The Rockies could use the pitching help as each of their daily starters has underperformed, with the staff’s lowest ERA coming from Kyle Freeland at 4.56. After going through this year’s trading deadline without making a single movementthe bottom-placed Rockies finally made a splash in the 2022 season. Rockies concede Brewer’s mistake after Josh Hader trade

John Verrall

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