Tampa Bay Rays – Yandy Díaz
Love or hate the Tampa Bay Rays model of baseball, they have shown that a franchise can be a perennial playoff team. However, they, like all small-market teams besides the Kansas City Royals in recent years, have not found out how to win a World Series.
One of their most consistent players in recent years has been a guy named Yandy Díaz. Díaz, who Tampa acquired from Cleveland in a three-way trade after the 2018 season, is a bit of an enigma in the fact that he has biceps the size of Popeye, he doesn’t hit for much power. He does get on base at a great clip, though (.353 in 2021 and .428 in 2020).
Defensively, he’s best at first base but he can also play third base and has a handful of games at second, left, and center in the minors.
He would be particularly good for the Rockies if they had the DH as he and C.J. Cron could split time between DH and first base.
Toronto Blue Jays – Cavan Biggio
Cavan Biggio, the son of MLB Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has shown a great ability to get on base and, like his dad, play a few different positions. Since making his MLB debut in 2019, he has played first, second, third, left, center, and right field.
But in 2021, he was injured and his stats were not great, meaning that if the Rockies acquired him, the Blue Jays would be selling low.
But, as Rox Pile’s Kevin Larson noted in this article about Biggio’s father, Craig, last year, the Biggio family has a familiarity with Colorado.
Biggio would likely become the Rockies starting third baseman or second baseman with Ryan McMahon playing the other position.