We continue our series of trade targets from each and every MLB team for the Colorado Rockies. We have already covered the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, and New York Yankees thus far and today, we discuss the Tampa Bay Rays. The Tampa Bay Rays, despite being a small market team, are frequently in the playoff hunt.
In each of the last four seasons, they have won 90+ games (or equivalent to in the shortened 2020 season) and from 2008 through 2013, the Rays had 90+ wins all but one season (2009, when they won 84 games).
However, they are constantly trading their players to other teams because after three seasons or so, the Rays determine that they can’t afford them so they, through trades and excellent drafting, have been able to stay fairly competitive. One of the few times in recent years where they lost a trade was in 2016, when they traded a minor league starting pitcher by the name of Germán Márquez to the Colorado Rockies for outfielder Corey Dickerson.
The two clubs have not had a trade since and from Tampa’s perspective, it’s understandable. Tampa has had some great pitching over the years and but they still would love to have Márquez in their rotation, especially since many of their starters have been injured in recent years.
But in the opposite of what that trade was, we are looking at four trade candidates from the Rays 40-man roster that the Rockies should (or could) look into acquiring from the Rays.
So let’s dive in.