Houston Astros – Ryne Stanek
Ryne Stanek, 30, is another reliever that could be good for the Colorado Rockies.
For the Houston Astros, he had an ERA of 3.42 in 72 games. He struggled in 2020 and was injured as well but in 2018 and 2019, he was primarily an opener for the Tampa Bay Rays and, later, a regular reliever for the Miami Marlins. He had an ERA of 3.52 in 122 games (56 as an opener) combined in the two seasons.
He still has two more years of arbitration before he’d be a free agent.
Los Angeles Angels – Justin Upton
Like the Royals, the Los Angeles Angels aren’t a very talented team. At least the Angels have Trout, Ohtani, and Rendon. After that, they are a Triple-A team. The other good pieces that they did have in 2021 became free agents or were traded.
Justin Upton would fit into the same mold as Andrew Benintendi in that he’s a veteran coming from a team that has little talent to be traded and he’d likely be the everyday left fielder (or DH) but Upton is a bit overpaid.
He has only played in 194 games in the last three seasons and he has an OPS+ of 92 but for the Rockies, that would be an improvement.
He is also a free agent at the end of 2022 so the Rockies would likely acquire him to trade him at the trade deadline.
Oakland Athletics – Tony Kemp
Tony Kemp is a versatile player that can play both the infield and outfield. He used to be fast but his sprint speed and stolen base totals have dropped significantly in recent years.
However, he can get on-base at a great clip, which is what the Rockies need at the top of the lineup. Kemp had an OBP of .382 in 2021 and .363 in 2020.
He is arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason so he will get a decent raise from his 2021 salary of $1.05 million but he will still be a cheap, versatile player in 2022.