Colorado Rockies: 1 trade target from every MLB team to consider
Chicago Cubs – Ian Happ
The Chicago Cubs got rid of most of their talent at the trade deadline this past season so, frankly, Ian Happ is probably the best player left.
Happ is a switch-hitter that had a down year in 2021 but he has shown that he can be a good player. In 2020, he got NL MVP votes after he had an OPS+ of 131. He is also versatile, which is something the Rockies prefer to have in their players. He has played every position except catcher and shortstop at the MLB level but he has played center and left field the most.
Cincinnati Reds – Nick Senzel
The Colorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds have partnered up for a pair of trades within the last calendar year. The first trade involved Robert Stephenson and Jeff Hoffman and both have worked out well for their new teams (Stephenson has been better for the Rockies, though).
Nick Senzel, 26, could be another player that needs a change of scenery.
He has been injured a lot so he has not played well in the majors in parts of three seasons. His best season was his first season (2019) when he had a WAR of 0.1. But Senzel was ranked as high as the #6 prospect in all of baseball before the 2019 season.
His most consistent tool recently is his speed as if he was on the Rockies, the only player with a better sprint speed would be Garrett Hampson. But in 2018, MLB Pipeline ranked his tools (from 20 to 80) as such:
- Hit: 70 | Power: 55 | Run: 55 | Arm: 60 | Field: 60 | Overall: 60
He is also versatile as he can play second, third, and center.
Milwaukee Brewers – Jackie Bradley, Jr.
Jackie Bradley, Jr. is not a great hitter. Frankly, it’s as simple as that.
In 2021, he hit .163/.236/.261 with an OPS+ of 34 with the Milwaukee Brewers.
But the reason why the Brewers kept him around was his defense. Here’s his DRS by season (per Baseball-Reference):
- 2014: 16 DRS
- 2015: 6 DRS (only 73 games)
- 2016: 14 DRS
- 2017: 14 DRS
- 2018: 4 DRS (ironically, this is the only season he has won a Gold Glove)
- 2019: 0 DRS
- 2020: 5 DRS
- 2021: 12 DRS
His speed has declined in recent years as well but he is still above average. He also usually hits better than he did in 2021 so he could be a good target for the Rockies even just as a defensive replacement late in games.