New York Mets – Brandon Nimmo
First of all, the Colorado Rockies have a need for quality outfielders (this is one area where they have a fair amount of depth but not great quality). Nimmo qualifies as being a quality outfielder (3.6 WAR in 2021) as he is a good hitter (.398 OBP and an OPS+ of 136 since 2018) and he’s has been a good defender (5 DRS in 2021) but the main problem is that he is frequently injured.
He played in only 92 games in 2021 and 69 games in 2019. The Cheyenne, Wyoming native grew up a Rockies fan but the injury history (especially playing at altitude) could be an issue.
Philadelphia Phillies – Ranger Suárez
As Colorado Rockies fans know, the team needs relievers and they are in need of some left-handed relievers, in particular. They also need some starting pitching depth.
Ranger Suárez could help the Rockies in both departments.
Suárez, 26, was phenomenal for the Phillies in 2021 as he had a phenomenal ERA of 1.26 in 39 games. He had 12 starts, finished 13 games, and had four saves as well.
He also had a groundball rate of 58.2 percent, which would play very well in Coors Field. Suárez will not be a free agent until after the 2025 season.
Washington Nationals – Will Harris
We’ve already established that the Colorado Rockies need relievers so here’s another one that could help them.
Will Harris, 37, was drafted by the Rockies in the 9th round all the way back in 2006 and he worked all the way up to the majors with them in 2012 so they have familiarity with him. But he pitched poorly in that rookie year and then, the Rockies let him go to Oakland on waivers.
Part of the reason why he pitched poorly while with the Rockies was a high hit rate (13.8 H/9) and a low groundball rate (31.7 percent).
Since then, he has become a great reliever because the hit rate has plummeted and the groundball rate has skyrocketed.
He was injured in most of 2021 but in 2019 and 2020, he combined for an ERA of 1.85 in 88 appearances. In 2019 (his best season), he had a groundball rate of nearly 54 percent.