The Colorado Rockies are now 30-48 on the season which has them in 4th place in the N.L. West, 14 games behind the San Francisco Giants. The time is now for the Rockies to start thinking about the future and deal some of the veterans on the team. Here are the guys likely to be on the trading block:
Ramon Hernandez – The Rockies would like to deal Hernandez, but he’s on the D.L. right now. If he can get healthy before the trade deadline, a team like the Rays or Nationals could use him.
Marco Scutaro – Scutaro’s versatility (he can handle 2B and SS defensively) will help his value for the Rockies. The Rays, Cardinals, Brewers, Giants and Tigers are the teams with the biggest need. The Rockies should try to extract some quality prospects from the Tigers, who are in dire need at 2B.
Michael Cuddyer – Teams looking for a 1B or a corner outfielder should have interest in Michael Cuddyer. The Orioles, Indians, Marlins, Pirates, Brewers, Dodgers and Giants will be after Cuddyer. I think the Pirates might be the best fit for Cuddyer….if the Rockies decide to deal him.
Jason Giambi – Lefty swinging 1B Jason Giambi can still hit the heck out of the baseball. The Nationals and Reds could really use a bat like his off the bench. I think the Nationals would be the most interested, so maybe a deal can be struck with them.
Jeremy Guthrie – The Rockies have demoted Jeremy Guthrie to the bullpen, but he still holds value as a lot of teams could use help in the starting rotation. The Yankees, Orioles, Red Sox, Blue Jays, White Sox, Indians, Royals, Rangers and Braves are likely to have interest in him. The Rockies might just deal him to the Blue Jays, who are said to have a lot of interest in him.
Guillermo Moscoso – Guillermo Moscoso has had a hard time so far this year for the Rockies. He is currently pitching in AAA-ball. But, he did pitch well for the A’s last year, so he might garner some interest from A.L. teams. The Blue Jays, White Sox, Indians and Royals will likely have some interest in him. I would probably deal him to the Royals unless the Blue Jays want a package of him and Guthrie.
Rafael Betancourt – The Rockies would have to get good prospects to deal Betancourt as he has pitched very well for them so far this year. The Red Sox, Mets and Phillies would likely have the most interest. With the Phillies likely going to be sellers soon (as crazy as that sounds), the Rockies will likely turn to the Mets concerning Betancourt.
Matt Belisle – Matt Belisle is going to have the same teams interested in him as in Betancourt. The Red Sox and Mets could both use him.