Colorado Rockies trade talk: Which All-Stars could join the Rockies?
The Rays’ catcher is putting up another great season this year, hitting .291 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI. The Rockies are currently carrying three catchers, but Ramos would certainly claim the starting spot if acquired. While his defensive statistics this season aren’t great, Ramos would go a long ways toward filling an offensive hole at the position. In his last full season, 2016 with the Nationals, Ramos put up his best offensive season, hitting .307 with 22 homers and 80 RBI. He also brings the experience of being on a winning team in Washington as a key contributor in multiple playoff runs. Ramos’ contract expires this season so he’d be a rental unless Colorado resigns him in the offseason, but his bat would be a welcome addition to the lineup.
Oakland is 51-40 but unfortunately they are nine games back in the AL West and six games back of the second Wild Card. While in theory they could still make a run at the Wild Card, it is hard to see them beating out the Yankees or Mariners. Even if the A’s don’t completely throw in the towel, Oakland’s executive vice president Billy Beane is highly unpredictable and a trade for their closer is conceivable. Treinen has posted a sparkling 0.79 ERA in 2018, earning saves in 23 of 25 opportunities and 36 of 41 since coming over from Washington at the deadline last summer in the deal for Sean Doolittle. It is no secret that the bullpen is the Rockies’ biggest hole right now and Treinen would go a long way toward filling that hole.
Other potential late-relief targets on display at the All-Star Game include the Padres’ Brad Hand, the Pirates’ Felipe Vazquez, and the Tigers’ Joe Jimenez.
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With Arizona and Los Angeles struggling, this could be the Rockies’ chance to finally capture a division title if they decide to go all-in at the deadline. And while we might have to wait a few more weeks to see what moves Bridich makes, there’s a chance we’ll see a future Rockie or two at the All-Star Game next week.