The Colorado Rockies are cruising along with the best record in the National League. However, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks are right on their heels, both in the National League West and in what is setting up to be a must-watch summer for postseason positioning.
As we detailed in this article, the Rockies still need a couple of pieces to make themselves the team to beat in the division. They will need those same pieces to establish themselves as a serious contender for the National League pennant as well.
The biggest need for the Rockies is in the bullpen. Stop me if you’ve ever heard this before, but the Colorado bullpen could use an upgrade. Absolutely, the Rockies have Greg Holland performing at an All-Star level as their closer and solid options in Chris Rusin for earlier innings and Jake McGee and Adam Ottavino as set-up men. However, those pitchers can’t throw every game … and confidence in some of the other options lurking in the bullpen is lacking to say the least.
It’s never too early to look ahead to the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline, set this year for Monday, July 31. The Rockies will not be sellers this season but rather be looking to bolster their roster.
With that in mind, let’s look at three potential trade targets who could help the Colorado bullpen.