What if the Colorado Rockies are buyers at the trade deadline?

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ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – APRIL 03: Chris Iannetta #22 of the Colorado Rockies touches home plate after hitting a homer off of Chaz Roe #52 of the Tampa Bay Rays in the 11th inning at Tropicana Field on April 03, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. The Rockies won 1-0. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

After a rough start to the season and numerous injuries, the Colorado Rockies have played much better of late. If their current play continues, they will definitely be in contention on July 31, the date for the only trade deadline in baseball (after the elimination of the waiver trade deadline period). If they are in contention, there are a few potential areas that they could look to upgrade.

We are a month through the season and the Colorado Rockies are 11-14, which is tied for last with the San Francisco Giants in the NL West.

However, the Rockies have won 8 of their last 10 games so if they keep playing well, the Rockies very well could be buyers at the trade deadline.

Let’s take a look at some positions that they could look to improve at before the trade deadline.

Catcher

It’s no secret that the Rockies are weak at the catching position. In the first month of the season, Chris Iannetta has struggled and is currently on the injured list but Tony Wolters has improved a lot at the plate.

He has still has been below league average at the plate but it has been a vast improvement compared to last season. In fact, it has been a 41 percent improvement by OPS+.

Standard Batting
YearGPAABRH2B3BHRRBISBBBSOBAOBPSLGOPSOPS+
20187421618219314432722633.170.292.286.57747
20191756503146003067.280.357.400.75788
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/27/2019.

 

According to Fangraphs, the Rockies catchers are 24th in WAR so even though Wolters has been better at the plate, they are still in the bottom third in baseball overall.

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