Colorado Rockies rumors: Are the Toronto Blue Jays interested in the Rockies relievers?

May 22, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Daniel Bard (52) pitches in the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
May 22, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Daniel Bard (52) pitches in the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /
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Colorado Rockies reliever Mychal Givens
Apr 14, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Mychal Givens (60) in the seventh inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

Most likely, the Toronto Blue Jays will be interested in both Bard and Givens. Since May 13, the Blue Jays bullpen has a 3-12 record, which is why they now sit two games below .500. On Friday, their bullpen gave up five earned runs in the 3 2/3 innings of work en route to a 7-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, who have the worst record in the American League by 2.5 games.

The Blue Jays have a phenomenal offense as they have an OPS+ of 111 entering Friday, which was 2nd in baseball so they don’t need any help there.

What could a trade look like for Daniel Bard or Mychal Givens?

For Daniel Bard, the Colorado Rockies could get a lot for him in return. As we discussed in this article on Friday, the Rockies would likely be looking for a similar return as they had to trade to Baltimore last year when they acquired Mychal Givens and perhaps, even more, since Bard would likely become the Blue Jays closer and the Blue Jays would be getting one more month of Bard than the Rockies were slated to get with Givens.

The Orioles got the Rockies #7 and #11 prospects (per MLB.com) and another lower level prospect.

For Givens, he is currently on the 10-day injured list with a strained lower back so the timetable for his return is unknown but assuming he returns here soon and is healthy, he should get a decent return as well. Givens is familiar with the Blue Jays and the rest of the AL East since he was with the Orioles for part of six seasons.

Since he is a free agent at the end of the season and isn’t a closer, he would, understandably, get less in return than Bard. However, the Rockies still could get a couple of mid-level prospects for Givens.

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