3 Rockies players we're thankful to have after the deadline

Following a brutal trade deadline where the Rockies sent away five veteran players, here is a list of players we're thankful to have as we move forward for the Rockies future.
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With an ongoing rebuild taking place in the Rockies organization, the team and fans have taken a lot of blows leading up to the deadline.

The Rockies parted ways with five different veterans this trade deadline and while some of them like C.J. Cron were fan favorites, the clubhouse still has some key veteran players that should remain as the team looks to become a contender again within the next two to three years.

Looking ahead, a few players that are fan favorites or quickly becoming fan favorites are still here and should be here to remain.

1. Kyle Freeland

Kyle Freeland
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A Denver native, Kyle Freeland was selected by the Rockies in the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft from Evansville University. Freeland attended high school at Thomas Jefferson High School which is just abruptly 12 miles away from Coor's Field.

Despite his disappointing 4-12 record this year, Freeland has been a reliable player for the Rockies. He has managed to stay healthy and provide quality starts for the team, which is a welcome relief considering the injury issues that have plagued the Colorado pitching staff in 2023. So far this season, he has pitched 113.0 innings and is expected to pitch at least 140 innings by the end of the season.

In 2018, he was a dominant pitcher for the Rockies where he held a 17-7 record with a 2.85 ERA, breaking Ubaldo Jimenez's franchise record.

Freeland will likely remain in Colorado's future moving forward as the veteran lefty, is in the middle of a five-year contract extension he signed at the beginning of last year.