Rockies Looking for Starting Pitcher Before Trade Deadline
After dropping out of first place in the NL West, the Colorado Rockies are reportedly in the market for a starting pitcher or an addition to their bullpen.
Bob Hille of Sporting News reported, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Rockies may target a veteran before the July 31 trade deadline to add to their rotation.
The Rockies might possibly pursue Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers, Chris Archer and Alex Cobb of the Tampa Bay Rays or Sonny Gray of the Oakland Athletics.
According to Rosenthal, Verlander and Archer could fit Coors Field best. However, Verlander has enough service time to reject any trade. If Verlander and Archer are not available, the Rockies can pursue Cobb and Gray.
Ryan Schoppe of SB Nation said the Rockies can also pursue former closer Sam Dyson, who was recently designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers.
The Rangers acquired Dyson in 2015 via a midseason trade. He then became their closer last season, tallying 38 saves during their playoff run.
However, Dyson failed to duplicate his last season's success, yielding 31 hits and 12 walks in 16 2/3 frames in 17 relief appearances for the Rangers this season.
The only upside for Dyson is that he has three years of team control remaining after the 2017 season. He is currently owed $2.35 million for the rest of this season after being eligible for arbitration this past offseason as a Super-2.
Aside from a veteran pitcher, the Rockies may also target a veteran catcher before the trade deadline, per Fan Sided.
Currently, they have 25-year-old Tony Wolters as starting catcher. In his sophomore year, Wolters has hit .287/.386/.368 in 101 plate appearances, without a home run and seven RBIs. However, he has been limited to 30 games after he was placed on DL in early May.
The Rockies also have Ryan Hanigan and Dustin Garneau as backup catchers. Hanigan has one home run in 11 games while Garneau had one long ball in 22 games.
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