In 2021, the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies were bad teams. The Cubs, coming off a Wild Card berth in 2020 actually finished with a record worse than the Rockies, as they went 71-91. The Rockies went 74-87.
However, the Cubs were worse because they traded away their best players (many of whom were becoming free agents) so that they would get some prospects in return. They included Anthony Rizzo, Javier Báez, Kris Bryant, Joc Pederson, Andrew Chafin, Ryan Tepera, and Craig Kimbrel.
The Rockies, on the other hand, did not trade anyone at the trade deadline and now, Jon Gray is gone and Trevor Story is likely gone and the Rockies will have one (1) comp draft pick to show for it.
Entering 2022, the Cubs have already spent money to try to make themselves a better team as they signed starting pitcher Marcus Stroman to a three-year deal, got starting pitcher Wade Miley (who was inexplicably put on waivers by the Cincinnati Reds), catcher Yan Gomes, outfielder Harold Ramírez, and outfielder Clint Frazier to their team.
The Rockies, like they did at the trade deadline, have made no moves to add any player from outside of the organization this offseason.
The Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies are both a ways off from playoff contention
However, both teams will have to make some significant moves once the lockout ends to make themselves a contender for the playoffs in 2022. For the Rockies, they are or could be looking for a backup catcher, an infielder, at least one outfielder, at least one power threat at the plate, a starting pitcher, and at least two relievers as well as depth at, really, all of the positions.
But from a buying perspective for the Colorado Rockies, there are five players that they should consider as a trade target from the Chicago Cubs.