Colorado Rockies: A look at the starting pitching options on the trade market

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KANSAS CITY, MO – MAY 29: Danny Duffy #41 of the Kansas City Royals throws in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium on May 29, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

The Colorado Rockies starting pitching staff has had it’s ebbs and flows throughout the first two plus months of the season.

Entering June, the Rockies starters have an ERA of 4.33, which is 21st in baseball but their ERA+ is 111. They have mainly had issues with Jon Gray and Tyler Anderson, their two most veteran pitchers. So, that leads to the question: do the Rockies need to acquire a starter before the trade deadline?

I’ll let you decide on that but before you decide, let’s look at some of the options that are on the trade market that the Rockies may look at.

Danny Duffy

The Kansas City Royals one of, if not, the worst teams in baseball. They have a record of 18-36 so they, even in the weak American League Central, are already finished, at least for postseason contention.

As a result, they could look to shop their ace Danny Duffy. Entering 2018, Duffy had an ERA of 3.47 (122 ERA+). However, in 2018, he has an ERA of 5.71 in 12 starts (75 ERA+) and a 5.75 FIP.

The left-hander just signed a contract extension with the Royals, though, so he is owed between $15.25 and $15.5 million for the next three seasons.

Considering that he is a decent option but because he is both not particularly a top flight pitcher nor doing well this season, I don’t think he would be a great fit for the Rockies.

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