Colorado Rockies: 3 trade targets who could boost the bullpen

May 18, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; A baseball sits on top of the mound before the game between the Minnesota Twins and Colorado Rockies at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
May 18, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; A baseball sits on top of the mound before the game between the Minnesota Twins and Colorado Rockies at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 8, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Ryan Madson (44) pitches the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Athletics won 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Ryan Madson (44) pitches the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Athletics won 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports /

Ryan Madson, Oakland A’s

Like Meshek, Madson is 36 years old. Like Meshek, Madson is having a solid season for a team that is going nowhere in the postseason. Like Meshek, Madson has plenty of postseason experience, reaching the division series four straight years with the Phillies (including a 2009 series the Rockies will remember all too well when Madson struck out four in his first two innings of relief work) and once with the 2015 Kansas City Royals.

Madson has a 1-4 record this season but those are the warts on an otherwise impressive season thus far. He’s struck out 27 in 25.1 innings and his fastball is approaching 95 miles per hour.

One note to watch is that Madson has had a rough June, giving up four runs in five innings of work. However, he’s given up eight runs all of season so if he can revert back to his April (2.00 ERA) and May (1.59 ERA) numbers, he’ll be a valuable addition.

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Madson is a pitcher who could nail down the seventh inning for the Rockies, setting up Ottavino or McGee for the eighth and Holland for the ninth. Colorado will likely be looking for a “bullpen bridge” between the starter and back end at the trade deadline. Madson could be a nice fit for that.

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