1:00 p.m.: The Rockies announced Lamet’s claim, adding that the right-hander Ashton Goudeau has been designated for designation to create a roster spot.
12:46 p.m.: The Rockies have declared themselves right-handed Dinelson Lamet Brewers waiver wire, reports Adam McCalvy of MLB.com (Twitter link). Tinsel, which the brewers bought together Taylor Rogers and perspectives Esteury Ruiz and Robert Gasser surprising on monday Josh Hader trading, was appointed for the appointment just 48 hours after the acquisition.
At the time of Lamet’s DFA, Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns told reporters that Lamet “has a good arm and was included in the trade to help balance out the deal,” but that “subsequent trades” put him more on the roster. . The Brewers added a right-hander Matt Bush and Trevor Rosenthal in separate transactions one day after the acquisition of Lamet.
Still, the quick DFA makes one wonder how Lamet ever actually considered the plans. in 2020 The Cy Young candidate has been plagued by injuries since the end of that shortened season and has allowed 14 runs in 12 2/3 innings this season. His fastball averaged 2020. was 97 mph, this season it was 95.3 mph. A special focus for the Padres, who will pay the luxury tax for the second consecutive season, Lametas in 2022. earns 4.775 million USD. His inclusion in this trade didn’t just mean letting go of a player who was ostensibly pushed out of a roster spot. also which would have a non-zero impact on the team’s luxury book. Stearns’ use of the phrase “balance the deal” can be interpreted as referring to talent or in more fiscal terms.
Regardless, the Rockies may now have the benefit of their division rival and NL Central leaders feeling they lack room for Lamet on their rosters. Still in 2020 The 6’3”, 228-pound Lamet looked like a foundation in San Diego. In that pandemic-shortened campaign, he made 12 starts and posted a perfect 2.09 ERA with 34.8% strikeouts, 7.5% walks and 36.9% ground balls. That performance was good enough that Lamet, who had just turned 28, finished fourth in the National League Cy Young voting.
However, in 2020 Lamet’s season also ended when he went on the injured list with a biceps injury he suffered in the final outing of the season. He spent 2020 postseason, and in 2021 the season was limited to 47 innings due to a forearm problem that put him on the injured list twice.
Those injuries and poor performances this year have left the now 30-year-old Lamet with a horrendous 5.46 ERA over his last 59 1/3 big league innings. In addition to his decreased fastball, he saw his strikeout rate drop from 34.8% to 26.9% and his walk rate increase from 7.5% to a dismal 11.4%. Maybe for Lamet in 2021. unlucky, posting a .344 batting average despite allowing hard contact well below the league average, but in 2022 it wasn’t like that. Yes, his .412 BABIP is through the roof, but so are his opponents’ average exit velocity (93.1 mph) and 50% strikeout rate.
But for a pitching-deprived team like the Rockies, there’s no harm in getting a relatively cheap look at Lamet. They will be owed a pro rata share of his salary, about $1.6 million. USD between now and the end of the season, but could also be under arbitration control this winter if he impresses. Seen through that lens, there would have been cases where any club with a higher waiver priority (e.g. Nationals, A’s, Tigers, Royals, Pirates) would claim Lamet, but despite the righty’s obvious talent, not every club will be highly valued because of his rebounding ability (or getting an extra chunk of money this season).
Goudeau, also 30, pitched 20 1/3 innings in his second stint with the Rockies, where he made his MLB debut in 2020. rate, but both are well below the league average. His stint at Triple-A Albuquerque was even rougher, as evidenced by 43 earned runs allowed in just 37 innings of work (10.46 ERA).