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Colorado Rockies trade rumors and speculation continue with deadline ahead

Rockies news and links for July 4, 2016.

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Rockies prospect David Dahl promoted to Triple-A Albuquerque | Purple Row

The Rockies have promoted outfield prospect and No. 2 PuRP David Dahl to Triple-A Albuquerque. If things go well for the 22-year-old Dahl and his performance remains high, Dahl is a candidate to get a September call-up this year before a permanent promotion to the majors in early 2017. (After leaving him in the minors long enough to gain an extra year of control, obviously.)

Saunders: Chances are Rockies are sellers, not buyers at trade deadline | Denver Post

Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post spoke with Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich about the first half of the season. Bridich was his typically vague self, remarking that where the Rockies are is "exciting" and that it's "a good spot to be in." Regarding the trade deadline question, Bridich said "we are going to keep all o[f] our options open."

Departing from what Bridich said, Saunders states that he doesn't think the Rockies are good enough to compete for a playoff spot this season—he's probably right, and Bridich probably agrees, even if he can't say so publicly—and that they're more likely to lean "sell" rather than "buy" on the trade spectrum. The Rockies pitching staff is not good enough, and the recent lineups without DJ LeMahieu and Trevor Story that have featured Cristhian Adames starting and hitting second have exposed just how little depth the team has. Saunders mentions that a lot of trade talk has centered on Carlos González, though he thinks CarGo sticks around through the end of this season and possibly through the end of his contract after 2017.

Saunders identifies Jorge De La Rosa as the most realistic player to be traded. He's been uneven so far this season, but he's a left-handed starting pitcher with an expiring contract, so he'd be valuable for just about any contender. De La Rosa would have to approve any trade because he has 10/5 rights, but he probably would.

In my mind, Charlie Blackmon is the most compelling trade candidate. As Connor discussed in last week, Blackmon has all of the characteristics to make him desirable for others and just as many that should make him expendable for the Rockies. He's a good bat with a bit of pop who has been consistent over the past few years, and he can play center field. He has two more arbitration years before he hits free agency, so he isn't expensive either. He's someone who can be an immediate improvement for a contender. Aside from CarGo, Blackmon is the best player on the roster who is also expendable, and he comes much cheaper than CarGo. All of this suggests that he'd bring in a very good return in a trade.

At the same time, Blackmon's 30 years old and is likely to pivot towards his decline years relatively soon. Not only that, but David Dahl's promotion to Triple-A places him on the cusp of the majors. Dahl might need to adjust to major-league pitching, but all accounts suggest that he's capable of handling center field right now. Blackmon has value, but he's more valuable to a team other than the Rockies. He's the one to trade.

Rockies to evaluate reliever Adam Ottavino | rockies.com

Thomas Harding reports that the Rockies intend to evaluate relief pitcher Adam Ottavino soon prior to activating him from the disabled list. Ottavino has been on the shelf since April of last year, when he was diagnosed with a torn UCL and proceeded to have Tommy John surgery to repair his elbow. Ottavino won't slide back into the closer's role upon his return, as Walt Weiss stated that Carlos Estevez is going to remain the team's closer even after Jake Mcgee's return from the DL.