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

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 29: Starting pitcher Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of the opening day MLB game at Chase Field on March 29, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 29: Starting pitcher Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of the opening day MLB game at Chase Field on March 29, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 17: Chris Archer #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the second inning at Angel Stadium on May 17, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 17: Chris Archer #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the second inning at Angel Stadium on May 17, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /

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Chris Archer

Chris Archer is, perhaps, the biggest name on this list. He is with the Tampa Bay Rays, who have played surprisingly well at 28-27. However, in the AL East with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, the Rays are 10.5 back for the division and 5 games back of the 2nd AL Wild Card spot so they could potentially sell.

He has averaged 33 games and 202 innings in the past four seasons with a 3.66 ERA (108 ERA+), 3.37 FIP. In that span, he was an All Star in 2015 and 2017, as well as coming in fifth in the AL Cy Young Award voting.

His contract is very team friendly as he only making a little over $6.4 million this season. Next season, he is making $7.66 million and there are two team options for 2020 and 2021 for $9 million and $11 million.

Because of this, he would take a haul to get but, as my colleague Kevin Henry talked about last week in this article, there is a chance for the Rockies to get him.

Final Thoughts

There are some other starting pitchers that will be on the market but they fit the bill of what the Rockies will want/need. Some of them include Aaron Sanchez (past injury history, including being injured this season), Andrew Cashner (there’s too many stats that aren’t good), Alex Cobb (6.80 ERA, among other bad stats), and Marco Estrada (5.68 ERA).

There’s not a lot of top flight options out there so if the Rockies do decide to go for an ace on the market (because they simply do not have one now), they will probably have to overpay for one.

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