The Colorado Rockies look poised to be sellers at the trade deadline that’s in three weeks so if that is the case, there are a lot of pieces that could be on the move. One of the most sought-after pieces could be Chad Kuhl.
Overall, the starting pitching trade market does not have a lot of supply but a lot of demand, which means that the return for Kuhl could be better than you’d expect for a middle to back of the rotation rental piece.
The Rockies signed Kuhl, who turns 30 in September, at the beginning of spring training to a one-year, $3 million deal. This season, he is 6-5 with a 4.02 ERA in 16 starts and an ERA+ of 117. He also has a 4.29 FIP, a 1.351 WHIP, and an average of 3.4 walks and 6.5 strikeouts per nine innings. That walk rate is the lowest in his career since his rookie season.
Here are nine teams that could look to trade for Chad Kuhl in the next few weeks.
MLB trade rumors: 9 teams that could target Colorado Rockies starter Chad Kuhl
Chad Kuhl trade rumors: The Baltimore Orioles
In recent weeks, the Baltimore Orioles have shocked the baseball world. After going 29-20 in their last 49 games entering Tuesday, they are still in last place in the American League East. But they were 43-44 and just two games back of the final AL Wild Card spot.
To be true contenders, they will need some help in the starting pitching department. Their starters have a 4.57 ERA, which is 23rd in baseball.
Their only starter with at least 10 starts that’s been above league average is Tyler Wells (3.28 ERA in 17 starts). Dean Kremer and Austin Voth have pitched well recently too but they need some more veterans and some better pitchers in general to make the playoffs.