Rockies general manager Bill Schmidt was inactive at the trade deadline and apparently unaware of other activity around the league. May 16, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies interim general manager Bill Schmidt before the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Based on their place in the standings, the Colorado Rockies should have been clear sellers at the MLB trade deadline. But they weren’t. They weren’t even buyers. Colorado’s main trade deadline transaction was extending closer Daniel Bard. On Tuesday, Rockies general manager, Bill Schmidt, made a curious statement about the signing and the team’s lack of activity.

Schmidt was asked why the Rockies were the only team to not make a move at the deadline. He responded with a statement (per Nick Groke, The Athletic) claiming that Colorado was also the only team to sign a player to an extension.

Indeed, that is not true. The Atlanta Braves signed third baseman Austin Riley to an extension, while the San Diego Padres did the same with starting pitcher Joe Musgrove. It’s also worth noting that both of those moves happened after Bard’s extension.

The MLB world was not kind to Schmidt regarding his mistake.

Riley is a viable National League MVP candidate while Musgrove is a National League Cy Young Award contender. So, these weren’t exactly scrub players signed to extensions by their respective teams. But we could almost forgive Schmidt’s omission there if it weren’t for one other thing — the extension of Bard isn’t something to brag about.

It’s nothing against Bard at all. He’s been a great reliever for the Rockies this year. But he’s also 37. So he’s a long-term cornerstone for the franchise. And while some players have limited trade value because of their positions, that’s never the case for a relief pitcher. Every contending team in baseball would love to have an extra quality arm out of the bullpen. That was a no-brainer trade that the Rockies didn’t make.

Schmidt couldn’t have missed the mark much more with these comments. Then again, he couldn’t have missed the mark much more with his trade deadline action, so this is about par for the course.

[Nick Groke on Twitter]

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