Sure, the Rockies may have acquired Seung-Hwan Oh and reportedly signed Matt Holliday to a Minor League deal but that is not enough! The front office owes it to their fans, fans of a team that has honestly accomplished next to nothing in its 25-year history. The team has a chance to be something special, a team with one of the best offenses in baseball, at Coors Field or away from it and a strong young rotation. But, the rotation could use some improvement, the Catcher position could also use a major boost. I want to go over major targets for the Rockies at each of these positions. Of course, it is very unlikely that they land all three of the players I recommend but getting just one of these players would send a message to the Rockies faithful: WE WANT TO WIN.
TRADE #1: Rockies acquire Jacob DeGrom
The Rockies and every single contender in baseball would love to have a Jacob DeGrom on their team, but the Rockies could use a bona fide ace in their rotation. He is my Cy Young pick, one of the best pitchers in baseball right now and he deserves better than playing for the Mets. The Rockies, if he is available should do whatever they can to get a controllable ace to help mentor their very young rotation. It seems that the Mets need talent close to the Majors and AAA Albuquerque could probably beat the Orioles, they are loaded with talent that is blocked. I think the Mets should begin to scout the Rockies, this could end up being a very good trade for both teams. I think DeGrom would look good in purple too, so let’s do it!
TRADE #2: Rockies acquire JT Realmuto
JT Realmuto is the premier catcher that is most likely available for trades. He is slashing (.309/.359/.535) this season, which is much better than Chris Iannetta (.222/.328/.374), Tony Wolters (.153/.269/.258) and someone whom I really like, Tom Murphy ( .286/.308/.444). Catching is probably the least important need in this article since Tom Murphy is actually a very good player. Getting Realmuto would be big for the Rockies and he would absolutely love playing on not just a contender, but playing in a ballpark like Coors Field. The Marlins are supposedly asking a lot for him but, the Rockies get a talented, controllable catcher in his prime.
Overall, the Rockies have a chance to do something special in 2018 and 2019, hopefully, beyond that and the loyal fans in Denver deserve to see their team make a second deep postseason run! I think it is possible, maybe not the easiest or most cost-effective solution but it is needed as a new era in Rockies history and the Rockies need to get out of the bottom of the league and into the national spotlight. The fans of this team deserve it, the incredibly talented players on the team deserve it and baseball will be better when the Rockies are better. Their attendance has been solid this season, people are coming out to watch their team compete and it has to continue. They have not done enough, it is time to make a big splash and dedicate themselves to long-term success.