Just when it looked like the doubters would be proven right, the Colorado Rockies pulled themselves together and have now won 12 of their last 19 games and eight of the last 11.
While there is still plenty of baseball to be played before the July 31 trade deadline, it’s looking more and more like the Rockies are going to be buyers again in 2018.
Next week, the best players in baseball (save a few notable snubs) will be on display in Washington D.C. at the MLB All-Star Game. While it is meant to be an exhibition of the game’s greatest talent, the Midsummer Classic is also a chance for the league’s worst teams to showcase their biggest trade chips.
Though Colorado isn’t in the market for superstar shortstop/third baseman Manny Machado, there will still be plenty of talent on display that could help the Rockies secure their first division title in history.
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This might be a little far-fetched, but a blockbuster trade for the Mets’ ace is not entirely outside the realm of possibility. Bleacher Report recently listed the Rockies as one of four potential suitors for a trade and Rockies’ GM Jeff Bridich has expressed a willingness to add a veteran arm. The Mets would undoubtedly want Rockies’ top prospect Brendan Rodgers as a part of the package and Bridich has been reluctant in the past to part with his top prospects.
Would deGrom be worth the package the Rockies would have to give up to get him? Maybe. He leads the NL with a 1.79 ERA and his 142 strikeouts are second only to Max Scherzer. deGrom won’t be a free agent until 2021, so the Rockies would get multiple years of him at the front end of a rotation that also includes Kyle Freeland, Tyler Anderson, German Marquez and hopefully a revitalized Jon Gray. In two career starts at Coors Field, deGrom has a 2.51 ERA and .176 batting average against.