What do the Rockies need to counter the Arizona’s J.D. Martinez trade?

DENVER - JUNE 18: General view of Rockies logo in outfield during the Atlanta Braves game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 18, 1995 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Nathan Bilow/Getty Images)
DENVER - JUNE 18: General view of Rockies logo in outfield during the Atlanta Braves game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 18, 1995 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Nathan Bilow/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 11: Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates is tagged out at home plate by J.T. Realmuto #11 of the Miami Marlins as part of a double play in the sixth inning during the game PNC Park on June 11, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 11: Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates is tagged out at home plate by J.T. Realmuto #11 of the Miami Marlins as part of a double play in the sixth inning during the game PNC Park on June 11, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /

Our final outfield option is Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates. We mentioned him as a possible target in this article but we didn’t discuss him a lot. In 91 games, the 2013 National League MVP has 97 hits, 17 home runs. 51 RBIs, a .290 batting average, a .380 on-base percentage, and an OPS+ of 132.

He has played 27 career games at Coors Field and he has six home runs, 15 RBIs, a .301 batting average, a .425 on-base percentage so he can obviously help (at least offensively) at Coors. In postseason play, he has also played well as in eight games, he is 9 for 28 (a .321 average).

Contractually, he would be a shorter term option but he is signed through this season with a team option for $14.75 million next season. After that he would become a free agent.

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Final Thoughts

The Rockies need to make a few moves before the deadline (or in August during the waiver trade period, where a trade is harder to do). They will be coutnering Arizona’s move (and future moves) by addressing the rotation, bullpen, and (potentially) catcher. However, addressing the outfield is something that the Rockies need to do help the team offensively (as discussed in this article) and help the team for the future.

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