The hours are ticking away for the Colorado Rockies and the rest of Major League Baseball before the trade deadline, which hits at 2 p.m. Mountain time on Friday, July 30.
There have been plenty of rumors surrounding the Rockies heading into the trade deadline, yet Colorado has made just one deal so far (as of the time of this writing), sending reliever Mychal Givens to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for two minor league pitchers.
The hot stove flickered on Wednesday with the Givens swap, but it needs to heat up mightily for the Rockies if the franchise is truly going to not only open the contention window again, but also push it forward.
Here are three things the Colorado Rockies should do before the 2021 MLB trade deadline expires.
Trade Trevor Story outside of the division
There are rumors that the San Francisco Giants could be a suitor for Story. Send him to the Big Apple, but don’t send him to the Bay Area. If Colorado’s front office thought sending Nolan Arenado to the St. Louis Cardinals caused backlash, just imagine sending Story to the Giants and watching San Francisco make a deep postseason run with the former Colorado shortstop leading the charge.
Worse yet, imagine Story finding a home in San Francisco and coming back to Coors Field for years to come wearing orange and black.
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Sure, Story is scheduled to be a free agent after this season and can head anywhere he likes, but for Colorado to kickstart a relationship with a division rival just makes no sense.
With that in mind, pair the New York teams against each other for the best offer for Story’s services. It’s almost impossible to think that their best deal would not be better than keeping Story and putting a qualifying offer on him at the end of the season in order to get another draft pick next season.
As much as it might sting to see Story in another uniform, it’s virtually certain to happen, whether the All-Star shortstop is traded or leaves at the end of the season. Colorado needs to get as much as possible from a Story trade before the trade deadline expires.