3 free agents the Colorado Rockies should already be targeting

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 03: Taylor Rogers #25 of the Milwaukee Brewers in action during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on August 3, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 03: Taylor Rogers #25 of the Milwaukee Brewers in action during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on August 3, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /
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Jose Quintana, Cardinals, Rockies
DENVER, COLORADO – AUGUST 10: Starting pitcher Jose Quintana #63 of the St louis Cardinals throws against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning at Coors Field on August 10, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

2) Left-handed starting pitcher José Quintana

The “strength” of the Rockies has been their rotation but they still have a lot of issues. There’s little depth there and they haven’t been good this year. Add in that Chad Kuhl is a free agent and Ryan Rolison will have pitched in 71.2 innings in the last three years with none coming in 2022 and the Rockies need to get some starting pitching. José Quintana would be a good addition.

Quintana, who turns 34 in January, has split the season between the Pirates and Cardinals and he has a 3.37 ERA in 22 starts. He also has a 124 ERA+, a 3.21 FIP, a 1.243 WHIP, and an average of 2.7 walks and 8.0 strikeouts per nine innings.

From a Rockies perspective, that’s good but he has done it in a way that would be conducive for success at Coors Field. He has a very low fastball spin rate (lower than any of the Rockies starters this season, in fact) and a high groundball rate. His 45.3 percent groundball rate is tied for 30th among the 78 starters with at least 100 innings on the season thus far.

With his age, the Rockies should be able to get him on a one- or two-year deal, which would give them time for Rolison or others to develop. If the club isn’t in contention at the trade deadline next year or if the minor leaguers are ready, they could trade him and get some prospects from a contender.

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