In December 2011, the Chicago Cubs traded outfielder Tyler Colvin and infielder DJ LeMahieu to the Colorado Rockies, receiving infielder Ian Stewart and pitcher Casey Weathers in return. The Cubs are now set to host the Rockies for a three-game series starting on Friday, August 24. Colvin and LeMahieu will be on the field this weekend, reminding Cubs fans of the talent that was traded away.
Colvin is having a good season for the Rockies, hitting .294 with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs. The homers won't be surprising to Cubs fans who remember Colvin hitting 20 in 2010, when he played 135 games for Chicago. But his batting average and RBIs are up and, at 26 years old, he seems to be progressing as expected.
LeMahieu is also playing well, hitting .281 through 46 games. Although he is playing mostly at second base, he has played seven games at third base without an error, an improvement over last season, when he made four errors in limited time at third base for the Cubs. As a second baseman, LeMahieu was obviously blocked by starter Darwin Barney in Chicago. But as a fan, I'm happy to see a former player succeeding elsewhere.
The players sent to the Cubs in this trade will not be playing in this series. Stewart hit .201 in 55 games before getting injured, while Weathers has posted a 6.48 ERA this year at Double-A Tennessee. Unfortunately, the Rockies have likely gotten the better deal here. Although Colvin and LeMahieu would not have played as much as Cubs in 2012, I do wish the team would have received better value by trading away two good, young players.
Both the Cubs and the Rockies are struggling this season, but the Rockies are 9-2 in their last 11 games. Colvin and LeMahieu surely have added incentives this weekend. While I hope Chicago can take the series, I am looking forward to watching the two former Cubs play at Wrigley Field again.
Mike Patton is a sports fan who grew up in New Orleans cheering for the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Cubs, and LSU Tigers. As a kid in 1987, he made his first trip to Wrigley Field and also slept outside of the Louisiana Superdome to purchase playoff tickets for the Saints' first postseason appearance. Follow Mike on twitter @MikePattonGBS.