Colorado Rockies trade talk: Ranking the team’s top three needs

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 18: Wilson Ramos #40 of the Tampa Bay Rays is greeted in the dugout after a two run home run in the third inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 18: Wilson Ramos #40 of the Tampa Bay Rays is greeted in the dugout after a two run home run in the third inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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Third, starting pitching

After relief pitching and catching, the “this makes sense for the Rockies” list drops off considerably. Starting pitching is listed here for one simple reason. If the Rockies can land someone who could step in as their “ace” or the pitcher they would trust in a one-game playoff, that’s one thing. However, if they are trading for a starter to be a third or fourth guy in the rotation, it doesn’t make as much sense.

Why? Because, as we discussed earlier, Colorado already has plenty of starters. Sure, some of those can be moved to the bullpen, but unless a pitcher from another organization is a clear upgrade, it doesn’t make sense to make a move just to make a move.

As has been discussed in several spots, including this article, the one name who might make sense in this category is Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets. There are few names out there who might tempt the Rockies to part with some of their top prospects and deGrom is definitely one of them.

Next: Why the Rockies don't need to acquire another outfielder

Colorado’s starting rotation has been strong in recent games. Adding an “ace” into that mix would be impressive. However, the likelihood of that happening instead of the Rockies adding on at another position seems unlikely.

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