Colorado Rockies: Time to start buying before it is too late

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DENVER, CO - JULY 4: Fireworks explode over Coors Field after a game between the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on July 4, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies beat the Dodgers 9-5. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 4: Fireworks explode over Coors Field after a game between the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on July 4, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies beat the Dodgers 9-5. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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The fireworks have exploded, the grills have been shut off, and the beer has been consumed. Now that the Fourth of July is over, do yourselves a favor and take a look at the National League playoff race, including where the Colorado Rockies sit. There are a lot of fireworks left to be set off before this is over.

Entering the final series before the All-Star break, the Colorado Rockies are right in the thick of the National League Wild Card Race, sitting one game back of the Wild Card. Unfortunately for the Rockies, so is almost everybody else in the NL.

Currently, there are 12 teams within 3.5 games of the Wild Card and 14 teams within 6.5. The only team completely out of the hunt is the Miami Marlins. On the other side of the standings, 10 of 15 teams are technically still in the American League playoff race.

So what does this all mean for the Rockies? It means that there are a lot of potential buyers with the July 31 trade deadline looming with a small market of players for sale.

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The flaws of the Rockies have been discussed ad nauseam. The problem for the Rockies is, unless you are the Dodgers, every other team in the playoff race is likely suffering from the same flaws and are searching for the same quick fix.

This means the Rockies need to be proactive instead of reactive in the trade market. If they sit around and wait, the chances that their potential trade targets are still available will diminish.

Of course the Rockies shouldn’t make a trade just for the sake of making one or sell the farm to get something done. However, if there is a player out there that they have zeroed in on, they need to pull the trigger now before it is too late.

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There is a lot of baseball left to be played. However, the Rockies need to make a move sooner rather than later while there is still a move left to be made.

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