Thoughts from Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post
“I agree with Nick that this is a strange, dicey trade season. There are not a lot of quality, soon-to-be free-agents out there, so do you risk giving up too much for a short season? Of course, if they want to bring DJ (LeMahieu) back, that’s OK by me (it will never happen, but hey).
“In my mind, the bullpen is going to need help, because Scott Oberg isn’t coming back and Wade Davis isn’t going to ride to the rescue, even if his shoulder heals up. Even back in spring training, I never thought he could last as a full-time closer.
“To me, adding an outfielder would be a smart move. David Dahl isn’t hitting and Raimel Tapia runs hot and cold, especially on defense. How about raiding the sinking Red Sox for Jackie Bradley Jr. or Kevin Pillar?”
The Rockies could absolutely use a veteran arm in the bullpen. As Saunders mentioned, when Wade Davis returns to the bullpen, it’s unknown exactly what he will be able to provide the Rockies. Additionally, his Coors Field demons have already popped up again this season.
Is there any kind of confidence in bringing Davis into the game in Denver with anything but a large lead of deficit?
If the Rockies were to look to other teams for bullpen help, Kansas City’s Ian Kennedy looked to be an option early in the season but 2020 has started rough for him (7.88 ERA and 10 hits allowed in eight innings of work).
Pittsburgh’s Keone Kela (2.40 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 48 appearances with Pittsburgh after being traded there from Texas) is another option, but he is just returning to the Pirates after testing positive for COVID-19 before Summer Camp began.