The Colorado Rockies have a fair amount of things that they need to address this offseason on their roster. That includes finding a shortstop, some pitching help, a center fielder, and (perhaps) another bat to accommodate the designated hitter (if it comes).
But until the lockout is lifted, the Rockies and the other 29 MLB teams cannot make any signings or trades of players on the 40-man roster. However, all teams can make signings of players to minor league deals and trades for players not on a 40-man roster or for players not on a 40-man roster in 2021 (e.g. Dee Strange-Gordon is a 10-year MLB veteran but since he didn’t play in the majors in 2021 and wasn’t on a 40-man roster, the Washington Nationals could sign him but only to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.)
While teams cannot contact each other regarding the players on 40-man rosters and teams cannot be in touch with agents for free agents, teams can do their due diligence by scouting other teams players so that they can make moves after the lockout ends.
After all, with the way things are looking currently, the lockout may go until or after the start of when Spring Training traditionally would be (end of February). As a result, the Rockies and the other teams may only have a week or so between the lockout ending and the start of Spring Training, meaning that we could have a week like the final week before the lockout, where tons of free agents were signing.
In the meantime, we are going to look at every single MLB team and what players the Colorado Rockies should (or could) look at as a trade target. Earlier this offseason, we looked at one player from each team that the Rockies should look at trading for but with this series in the coming weeks, we are going to be looking at multiple targets from each team.
However, we are just going to look at players on the 40-man rosters for each team. Today, we are going to start in the AL East and start alphabetically so the Baltimore Orioles are up first.
Here are six trade targets the Colorado Rockies should (or could) look at this offseason.