Colorado Rockies: At the trade deadline, the club must be sellers
By Logan Whaley
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Who should be on the move?
There are many moving parts on the team currently hindering the future faces opportunities to see playing time. For a team moving more into the future, selling Gerardo Parra and Carlos Gonzalez make sense in this situation.
D.J. LeMahieu is in the final year of his Rockies contract. The team, however, can find him a new home at the deadline, as he is set to be a free-agent after this season, and the team should maximize his value as best as possible.
Concerning the bullpen, as it has also become a problematic issue for the team, the Rockies need to make names available. Adam Ottavino is someone who may be on his way out, as a possible trade option, however, it would surprise little if the Rockies did hold on to him.
The two who the Rockies should look at moving is Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee. First, Shaw has been downright embarrassing, pitching to an asinine 7.57 ERA. Shaw has posted a porous 11.6% walk percentage rate as well as 2.02 HR/9.
McGee, on the other hand, has been a little better but not much. McGee is struggling as well, posting a 5.90 ERA to this point in the season. His strikeout percentage is entirely a bit less too, down nearly five percent. McGee has worn out his welcome in Colorado.
However, getting rid of the two (especially with their contracts) would be difficult.
It does not feel difficult in seeing this franchise as a seller at the deadline. The N.L. West has indeed been a giant dumpster fire throughout the first half of the season, however as the Rockies continue to fall, the Diamondbacks and Dodgers continue to rise.
Holding onto the likes of some of the names on this list would be a disservice to both the club and the fans. The Rockies are not currently a contending team. They are on the rise. However, it will not be the case until next season, and maybe the season after.
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Making moves now will help clear the path for the likes of Noel Cuevas, David Dahl, and Brendan Rodgers. The team can acquire more capital as well. It is soon that we will see the future. May as well as not wait.