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The Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays have been treading water in the AL East as they have a .500 record at 28-28. They are much like the Pittsburgh Pirates, considering that they have a respectable record that is surprising considering that they got rid of one (or more) of their franchise players this past offseason.
However, the Rays have already shown that they will be sellers as they have already traded outfielder Denard Span and their closer Alex Colome to the Seattle Mariners a few weeks ago.
It is a reasonable assumption to guess that they will continue with selling and the biggest player that they have, and the player that could best help the Rockies, is Chris Archer.
Archer could become the Rockies ace for a long time due to his contract. As we mentioned in the aforementioned article about starting pitching targets for the Rockies, his contract is very team friendly as he only making just over $6.4 million this season and in 2019, $7.66 million. 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.
Two other options could be catcher Wilson Ramos and first baseman CJ Cron.
Obviously, some of these moves are more likely than others, based on the team/division they are in, whether or not they start winning more or losing more, or how they fit with the Rockies.
However, the Rockies need to acquire at least one of the players that we have mentioned to help themselves, both in the regular season and in the postseason. They owe it to their current players and you, the fans, to go all in…because the NL West is wide open.