3 trade targets from the Arizona Diamondbacks for the Colorado Rockies

Aug 20, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (27) fields a ball past Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte (4) in the first inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 20, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (27) fields a ball past Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte (4) in the first inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Daulton Varsho
Oct 1, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Daulton Varsho (12) dives home safely under the tag of Colorado Rockies catcher Elias Diaz (35) in the third inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports /

Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Daulton Varsho would be a fit with the Colorado Rockies

Back in October, we looked at one trade target for the Colorado Rockies from each MLB team, and for the Arizona Diamondbacks, we chose Daulton Varsho.

Varsho, 25, only played in 95 games at the major league level and he was one of the best players for the D-Backs. He hit .246/.318/.437 with 17 doubles, 11 homers, 38 RBI, an OPS+ of 102, and an rWAR of 1.7.

As we mentioned in this article back in October, the Colorado Rockies love their catchers that can play other positions (or vice versa). 2021 was the first season in a decade that they didn’t have this and Varsho would reinstate the tradition. In addition to catching, Varsho has played all three outfield positions for at least a dozen games each. He also played second and third base for at least a dozen games each in the minor leagues.

Defensively in 2021, he had -2 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS), which is below league average but he had -6 DRS behind the plate in just 41 games. But in the corner outfield spots, he had 6 DRS in 24 games.

He made his debut in 2020 and he was below average on defense behind the plate and above average in the outfield, signifying that maybe he should be out there on a more regular basis.

He was a top 100 prospect entering 2020 (#76 overall, per MLB.com) so he will be tough to get with his potential and controllability but still definitely someone the Rockies should look further into.

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