It's a new MLB season, but the same problems for the Colorado Rockies. With a 30-39 record, they're on pace for their fourth consecutive sub-.500 season that would likely see them miss the playoffs for the 11th time in 13 years.
The Rockies were sellers ahead of last year's trade deadline and, unless they have a drastic turnaround, it'll likely be the same case this year. Fortunately, the club has several players worth trading away and general manager Bill Schmidt should be able to get some solid pieces back in return.
The MLB trade deadline is Aug. 2, and these three Rockies are the most likely to be moved.
Rockies Trade Rumors
1. Chad Kuhl, SP
With contending teams looking to improve their starting rotation, left-handed starter Chad Kuhl will likely see some attention ahead of the deadline. The 29-year-old southpaw is 4-5 in 13 starts this season, pitching to a 3.95 ERA while allowing a career-low 0.9 home runs per nine innings. Is Kuhl a game-changing ace? No, but he's a solid pitcher that can eat five to six innings per appearance, keeping his team in the game more often than not. The asking price won't be too high either with him being a free agent in 2023, making Kuhl an affordable option for teams on a budget.
2. Daniel Bard, CP
Another pitcher likely on the move is closer Daniel Bard. Teams will be looking for an arm that can close out games and that's exactly what the soon-to-be 37-year-old is. Bard is 14-of-16 on save attempts the season and his 34 saves since the start of the 2021 MLB season put him in a tie for 13th-most across the Majors. Furthermore, the upcoming free agent's 1.98 ERA is the second-best of his career, while his 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings are more than respectable. Barring any injuries, Bard should be one of the Rockies' most popular trade pieces ahead of the deadline.
3. José Iglesias, SS/3B
Shortstop/third baseman José Iglesias is another rental player the Rockies could move in the coming weeks. Although the 11-year veteran has yet to hit a home run in 2022, he's still driven in 18 runs and crossed home plate 20 times himself while slashing .304/.349/.377. He's the type of bat that can boost a contender's depth, whether he's playing on the field, as a designated hitter or off the bench. He may not have much postseason history, but Iglesias is a player that can be a difference-maker on the right team. Instead of losing him for nothing in free agency, the Rockies would be wise to recoup as much value as they can via trade.
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