Colorado Rockies trade rumors: The shortstop edition

DENVER, CO - JULY 5: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies leaps over Arismendy Alcantara #30 of the Cincinnati Reds to complete a double play during the ninth inning at Coors Field on July 5, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Reds 5-3. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 5: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies leaps over Arismendy Alcantara #30 of the Cincinnati Reds to complete a double play during the ninth inning at Coors Field on July 5, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Reds 5-3. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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Given that this is the time of the year for trades to happen, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Rockies were to look for a shortstop at the trade deadline. Here are some of the options.

Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds

The Reds are in last place in the National League Central and the Rockies have seen Zack Cozart the past few days since they have been facing them at Coors Field. On Tuesday, he will be starting for the National League in Miami as starting shortstop and he has played well enough to earn the honor. He, in 63 games, has 75 hits, nine homers, 33 RBIs, a .315/.394/.542, and an OPS+ of 142. He also has performed well defensively as, according to Fangraphs, his UZR is 4.0 and a DRS of 5 (his career high was 19 in 2014). In comparison, Nolan Arenado‘s career high is 30 but he hasn’t been above 18 in the past four years (but he will pass that this year as he’s already at 16). He also is only under control through the end of this season which is a good thing considering that top prospect Brendan Rodgers, who’s currently playing at Advanced-A ball Lancaster, will probably be in the Major Leagues sometime next season. If he’s not, Trevor Story could then return to a starting role.

Asdrubal Cabrera, New York Mets

The Mets are 7.5 under .500 and one of the players that will be traded is Asdrubal Cabrera. He has played in 60 games in 2017 and has 57 hits, eight homers, 24 RBIs, a .260/.341/.420 slash line, and a 101 OPS+. However, defensively, Cabrera has really struggled, according to Fangraphs as his DRS is already -10 and his UZR is -5.6. However, if he were to play next to Nolan Arenado, he would probably benefit from it. He is, like Cozart, only under team control through the end of the season.

Other Options

Some other options include Freddy Galvis of the Philadelphia Phillies, Yunel Escobar of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Jose Iglesias of the Detroit Tigers, and Jordy Mercer of the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, none of them have performed particularly well offensively. Escobar is the only player of the other options that have an OPS+ above league average at 109. However, he hasn’t played shortstop since 2014.

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