Of all of these possible acquisitions, if I had to power rank each of the players in order of who has the most chance of being acquired by the Rockies to the least, number one would be AJ Ramos. Given the Rockies’ bullpen struggles, the team controllability of the player, and his consistent track record of pitching well (both out of a set up role and in the closer’s role).
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Secondly, I would go with Marcell Ozuna. He would provide the Rockies with help in left field, help in the cleanup spot, lengthen and strengthen their bench (with Ian Desmond moving to it), and also have a bit of controllability. The only issue is that, since he’s having a career year, the Marlins will be asking a lot in return for him.
Next, I would go with Christian Yelich. I think that he would provide a tremendous help to the Rockies’ outfielder for the long term but since he’s got a team-friendly contract and tremendous potential, the Marlins will be asking for virtually the whole Rockies farm system in return. If they were to acquire Yelich before the trade deadline, I believe that a three team trade might be best for this because the Rockies wouldn’t necessarily have to give all of their prospects up.
Edinson Volquez would come in last in my power rankings. Considering that he’s owed $11 million in 2018, he hasn’t pitched well consistently since 2015, and his woes at Coors Field, the only way I believe that the Rockies would acquire him is to flip him to another team for a different player or different players. The Rockies do need veteran starting pitching but Volquez is the not the answer to the Rockies’ needs.