Throughout the series thus far (25 teams), we have looked at 142 trade targets. Some are bullpen arms or bench options but most were players that could be everyday players. With going into the NL West, the chances of an inter-division trade for an All-Star talent (particularly one in 2021) are negligible … at best.
When the Colorado Rockies traded Nolan Arenado, they traded him to the St. Louis Cardinals. They will have to face him six or seven times per season for the foreseeable future but that is better than trading him to the Dodgers and having him clobber the Rockies in 18 or 19 games per season.
Will we consider the NL West teams getting rid of their best players to the Rockies? Sure. After all, it’s baseball. Anything can happen but the likelihood of it happening is very slim. In theory, a big trade could happen between division rivals but the asking price will likely be much more.
That’s why the D-Backs and Rockies have only made one minor trade in the last 19 years (Matt Reynolds for Matt Wheeler in 2012).
In addition, for a trade, the Rockies have a bad MLB team, bad upper-level minor league teams, and a bad farm system so there’s not much to trade. They don’t have much to trade for a (for example) Cody Bellinger, who had a bad 2021 season but won the NL MVP award in 2019 for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Neither the Arizona Diamondbacks nor the Colorado Rockies are very good teams
For the Arizona Diamondbacks, they are a worse team than the Colorado Rockies. The D-Backs lost 111 games in 2021 and while they won’t be that bad in 2022, they will not be a good team.
But there are three trade targets that the Colorado Rockies should further examine from the Arizona Diamondbacks.