Last weekend, Jake Crouse, who covers the Pittsburgh Pirates of MLB.com, reported that Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Ben Cherington has been peppered with more calls about Pirates players recently.
"“It feels like it has picked up a little bit,” said Cherington."
But, seemingly, the Colorado Rockies aren’t getting the same number of calls and traction as the Pirates, both of which are teams that are well out of the playoff picture and have a slew of players that could be traded for players that could help future teams.
The Pirates have players like infielder Adam Frazier (who will likely be an All-Star but is a controllable piece), reliever Richard Rodriguez, reliever Chasen Shreve, and starting pitcher (and former Colorado Rockie) Tyler Anderson that could be traded soon. The Rockies have even more that could (or should) be traded like Trevor Story, C.J. Cron, Jon Gray, Mychal Givens, Daniel Bard, Charlie Blackmon, and Germán Márquez, with Márquez being the guy the Rockies certainly won’t trade but should entertain offers on.
The Rockies need to get some younger MLB-ready or close to MLB-ready players, like the Pirates did with the Josh Bell and Joe Musgrove trades to the Nationals and Padres but, outside of acquiring Austin Gomber in the Nolan Arenado deal, the Rockies have not done that.
Why aren’t we hearing more about Colorado Rockies trade conversations?
There’s a few possible answers for this question.