Roenicke, who posted a 3.25 ERA in a big-league best 88 2 /3 relief innings, said the move was unexpected.
“It is confusing. It’s brutal,” Roenicke told the Denver Post. “We have a good group of guys. The team plays near the West Coast. If I had a bad year, I would understand it and could see this happening. But this was a surprise.”
Rockies also lost pitcher Guillermo Moscoso, who went 3-2 with a 6.12 ERA in 23 appearances, including three starts to the Kansas City Royals.
Rockies Triple-A shortstop Tommy Field was picked up by the Twins and Rockies right-handed reliever Zach Putnam was sent to the Cubs.
The cleaning was made to make room for reliever Josh Sullivan who went 1-2 with 17 saves and a 2.76 ERA in 60 appearances with Double-A Tulsa.
With all this moving around, Rockies fans hope that by next spring the roster will be spick-and-span.