The non-waiver trade deadline is this afternoon at 2 p.m. MT. The Rockies excellent road trip against contending teams has jiggered the buy/sell question. As I wrote in yesterday's Rockpile, the Rockies can be both buyers and sellers, even if they think that they can compete for a Wild Card spot this season. It just means selling lightly and not trading anybody too valuable to the team's immediate future. Remember that trades can still take place through August. The Rockies players most likely to be traded in August are probably Nick Hundley and Jorge De La Rosa, especially if the team falls out of contention.
Stay tuned to Purple Row to find out whether or not there will be news.
Jon Heyman reports that the Rockies do not intend to trade Carlos González or Charlie Blackmon. Both are too integral to the team's success this season. Neither player would make it through waivers in August, so if this holds true and neither is traded today, they'll be with the club until the end of the season.
Boone Logan, however, remains a trade candidate. It's possible that he could be traded prior to the waiver trade deadline at the end of August, but if the Rockies are going to move him, it would be easier to do so today.
Nolan Arenado didn't start yesterday's game, though he entered on defense in the seventh inning. It makes sense. He's been pressing at the plate for a few games now and has had an altogether terrible road trip. After striking out in his final plate appearance on Saturday, he slammed his bat down in frustration. In a conversation with Thomas Harding, Arenado admitted he hasn't been playing well lately, on offense or defense. Let's hope that the day off coupled with today's travel day can get Arenado back to his center.
Trevor Story's jammed thumb is still swollen; however, he told Patrick Saunders that he intends to return to the lineup tomorrow. X-Rays were negative, and trainer Keith Duggar indicated that nothing is broken.
The fine folks over at Beyond the Box Score have a deep dive into the Rockies current rotation. The conclusion: "The Rockies are succeeding with a groundball heavy pitching staff led by four 20-somethings, a few of whom are homegrown, and a grizzled veteran. if they can sustain this success, next year could see the Rockies making some noise in the NL West."
Kevin Henry takes stock of the teams sitting ahead of the Rockies in the Wild Card race, including the Cardinals, Marlins, Mets, Pirates, and Dodgers. Significantly, this doubles as a preview for the Rockies next six games, which come at home starting tomorrow against the Marlins and Dodgers. Just like they did against the Mets this past weekend, the Rockies can help themselves by defeating the teams ahead of them in the standings. It's that simple, at least for now.
Baseball Prospectus has a thorough scouting report of Peter Lambert. David Lee describes Lambert as a Low-A anomaly. The level usually houses "18-19-year olds spotting every so often with stuff that flashes more than consistently hits a grade." But command and polish characterize Lambert's run through Low-A. Not only that, but he a deep repertoire of pitches that could reach average, which make him a candidate to stick in a big-league rotation. Lee sees Lambert as a future No. 4.