Detroit Tigers – Michael Fulmer
Michael Fulmer suffered a lot of injuries with the Detroit Tigers but he has had a resurgence as a reliever.
In 2021, the former AL Rookie of the Year had a 2.97 ERA in 52 games with 14 saves.
The Tigers are on their way up out of a rebuild and, with a lot of young pitching, they may be hesitant to trade him since they waited for him to be healthy (and good) for three years.
Kansas City – Andrew Benintendi
To be quite frank, the Kansas City Royals don’t have much that the Colorado Rockies need. First off, the Royals have an awful offense (Salvador Perez was the only player on the team with an OPS+ of 105 or better, and only three players that had more than 85 plate appearances had an OPS+ of 92 or better.
One of those three players was left fielder Andrew Benintendi. The Royals may look to trade him since he will be a free agent after next season and the Royals aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Quite frankly, the Rockies still have to show that they are going somewhere next season too but, at worst, if the Rockies traded for him, they could use him in left field as he would be an upgrade over Raimel Tapia and then, the Rockies could trade him at the trade deadline.
Minnesota Twins – Taylor Rogers
Of the 29 players on this list, there may not be a better fit for the Colorado Rockies than Minnesota Twins reliever Taylor Rogers.
- The Rockies are in need of relievers: Check.
- The Rockies are in need of good relievers: Check (he was an All-Star in 2021).
- The Rockies are in need of veteran relievers: Check (more than 300 career appearances)
- The Rockies are in need of a lefty reliever: Check.
- The Rockies are in need of groundball pitchers: Check (48.8 percent groundball rate in 2021).
- The Rockies are in need of someone who knows how to pitch at altitude: Check (Taylor Rogers is from the Denver suburb of Littleton).
The only issue is that he is a free agent after the upcoming season. But maybe the Rockies should look at him anyways.