Baltimore Orioles – Austin Hays
The Baltimore Orioles are not a very talented team and haven’t been for years. The chance of the Colorado Rockies making a trade of impact with the Orioles is negligible for that reason and one other: the talent that they do have are very young draft picks of theirs that they aren’t going to want to trade this offseason.
However, one player that the Rockies could look at is Austin Hays.
Hays, 26, is an outfielder for the Orioles and he just played in his first full season in 2021 and he was one of the Orioles best players. He hit 22 homers and had 71 RBI with a slash line of .256/.308/.461 with an OPS+ of 106. He had an rWAR of 3.2, though, because of his defense. He had 15 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) between left and right field, which would be put to good use in the expansive outfield of Coors Field.
Ironically, Hays also graduated from Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, Florida. That is the same high school where 2020 Rockies first-round draft pick Zac Veen graduated high school as well.
Boston Red Sox – Matt Barnes
The Colorado Rockies are a young team and with two veteran relievers perhaps moving on from the Rockies in Daniel Bard and Jhoulys Chacin, there is definitely a need for a strong, veteran reliever. Boston Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes fits that mold.
Barnes, 31, has had six straight seasons with an ERA+ of 110 or better and (with the obvious exception of the shortened 2020 season) he has appeared in at least 60 games per season.
He also has closing experience, as he has been the Red Sox closer this season. He has 24 saves this season alone. He also has a sparkling 0.79 ERA in 12 postseason games.
New York Yankees – Chad Green
For the same reasons that we mention Matt Barnes as a trade target, New York Yankees reliever Chad Green should also be a trade target.
Green, 30, has averaged a 2.95 ERA since 2017 with a low walk rate (2.1 walks per nine innings) and a high strikeout rate (11.9 K/9). He hasn’t been quite as good in the postseason, though (4.15 ERA in 18 postseason outings).