Players from each non-contender that the Colorado Rockies should look at
The Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pittsburgh Pirates are an interesting team in the National League. They are in 4th place in the NL Central but they have the same exact record as the Rockies, who are in 1st place in the NL West. This is after they traded their two best players, Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen, away during the offseason.
However, with being in fourth place and having strong teams ahead of them, like the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers, the Pirates are pretenders, in my mind.
Considering how Carlos Gonzalez and Gerardo Parra have struggled at the plate (86 OPS+ and 76 OPS+), one player that could really help the Rockies out is former Rockie Corey Dickerson. One of our contributors, David Sharp, actually looked back at the trade that sent Dickerson to Tampa.
Dickerson was, surprisingly, designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays this past offseason, after an All-Star campaign in 2017. When the Rays did that, we even made the case for the Rockies to sign him but, alas, they did not. So, we will make this case for trading for him.
In 53 games, he has a .314/.349/.495 slash line, a 129 OPS+, 64 hits, 16 doubles, 3 triples, 5 home runs, 32 RBI. That puts him on pace for 196 hits, 49 doubles, 10 triples, 16 homers, 98 RBI, and only 68 strikeouts (he had 152 in 2017).
Dickerson is making slightly less than $6 million this year and is still arbitration eligible next year before hitting free agency so the Rockies, if they traded for him, would have him for 2019 as well.