After last night’s Rockies win, the team climbed to .500. This is the first time they’ve been .500 or better this late in the season since 2010. In fact, they’ve only been .500 or better after 104 games seven times in team history. As of now, the Rockies are four games out of the second Wild Card, but they still have three teams ahead of them. The Rockies are a game behind the Pirates, a game and a half behind the Mets, and four games behind the Marlins and Cardinals, who are tied for the second Wild Card.
In light of this, Jon Heyman reported on Twitter last night that the Rockies do not intend to trade either Carlos González or Charlie Blackmon. Both are critical to any chance the Rockies have this season, so it makes sense to hold on to both of them. It will create a crowded outfield. David Dahl already looks like he belongs, and Gerardo Parra will soon return from the disabled list, probably as a fourth outfielder.
And yet, it still might be wise for the Rockies to enter trade activities more as sellers than buyers before tomorrow’s 2 p.m. MT deadline. Specifically, the Rockies could make the current team better by trading Nick Hundley and Boone Logan.
Trading Nick Hundley would simply create roster space for Tom Murphy, who has been tearing up Triple-A pitching. Murphy is a better hitter than Hundley, is probably also a better defender, has big-league experience, and is already familiar with starters Tyler Anderson and Jon Gray. A Murphy/Tony Wolters tandem would improve the Rockies behind the plate. In return, Hundley could yield either a mid- to low-level prospect or a close to the majors live arm.
That live arm could replace Boone Logan, who might be able to produce a reasonable prospect for the Rockies, given the reliever trades thus far. If the Rockies receive prospects who aren’t ready for the majors, the team could replace Logan’s production with a combination of Matt Carasiti, Jerry Vasto, and even Kyle Freeland or Jeff Hoffman, who are both on innings limits this season (though we don’t know what they are).
These moves would be simultaneous buys and sells, and they could improve the team right now and help them toward a run at the Wild Card without proving detrimental to the team’s bright future.
David Dahl's second career home run, which he hit last night, looked effortless. He's only been on the team for a week, and it sure looks like he's earning a permanent spot. Patrick Saunders provides nice insight into Dahl's path to the majors.
Trevor Story jammed his thumb in last night's game; however, as Thomas Harding reports, he still might be ready to go today. The Rockies will have a tough test today, as they will face Noah Syndergaard in their attempt to sweep the season series against the Mets.