Things have gone down the drain a lot for the Colorado Rockies since they faced the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 163 in 2018. The Dodgers got to the World Series in 2018 and they lost in five games to the eventual World Series Champion Washington Nationals in 2019. But the Dodgers finally got their elusive World Series title in 2020. They made it to the NLCS in 2021.
However, the Rockies’ window of contention slammed shut way earlier than it should have due to the lack of secondary talent, the lack of development of many players at the MLB level, and being gunshy to make trades or free agent signings after many bad signings in the two previous offseasons.
In fact, Rockies GM Jeff Bridich being gunshy about making further moves cost the Rockies the NL West title in 2018, a chance to contend in 2019, and cost them their third baseman Nolan Arenado.
Now that the Colorado Rockies have a new GM in Bill Schmidt, who believes that, despite going 74-87 in 2021, the Rockies just “need more pieces” to be a playoff-contending team and he has said that they will look at both the free agent and trade market this offseason.
But the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies are unlikely to be trade partners.
As we mentioned yesterday, the Colorado Rockies are not likely to be a great trade partner with anyone in the NL West, let alone the Los Angeles Dodgers.
That’s not to say that the Rockies and Dodgers couldn’t make a trade involving some major leaguers. In fact, in 1997, the Dodgers traded Pedro Astacio to Colorado for former All-Star Eric Young, Sr.
If we didn’t consider the division or that the Dodgers are, arguably, the best team in the NL, the Rockies should really target their entire lineup. Max Muncy would be great in the Rockies lineup. But we are dealing with reality (or at least plausibility).
Here are three trade targets from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 40-man roster that the Colorado Rockies should further examine.