Before we get into the proposal, you may already be nixing it in your head since it is within the division. However, remember there have been plenty of trades the Rockies have made with their National League West competitors in the past.
Our colleagues at AroundTheFoghorn.com proposed sending pitchers Garrett Williams and Jose Marte to the Rockies in exchange for Tapia. Theoretically, the trade would give Colorado young pitching and give the Giants a Major League-ready outfielder.
Williams is a 24-year-old southpaw who pitched for Double-A Richmond last year, throwing 110 innings and starting 20 of 29 games with a 3.60 ERA and 108 strikeouts and 61 walks. It was also his second year at Double-A. Additionally, he went 3-0 for Scottsdale in the 2018 Arizona Fall League, posting a 1.88 ERA in six starts covering 24 innings.
Marte had 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings with San Jose in the California League last year. However, he also had a 1.541 WHIP and 5.59 ERA in 18 games (17 starts) covering 74 innings.
Both pitchers will need to be moved to San Francisco’s 40-man roster this offseason and the Giants aren’t likely ready to do that, making them more expendable. Both come with high risk but could turn into MLB contributors down the road.
While the Rockies need pitching, they need pitching that can contribute immediately, not sometime in the future. If Colorado were to move Tapia, it would need to be for talent that is ready to make an impact. With that in mind, we’ll keep listening to other offers.