For the Colorado Rockies, the tune at the trade deadline sure has changed.
It wasn't more than a couple of weeks ago when rumors were swirling around outfielders Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon and reliever Boone Logan, at least one of whom was sure to be dealt to a contender. But since then, the Rockies have been playing excellent baseball en route to carrying a near-.500 record into August for the first time in more than a half decade.
Because of their recent run, it appears the Rockies won't be trading anyone at the deadline this year -- and the club may even look into making additions prior to the 2 p.m. MT cutoff today, according to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo.
It's unclear what areas the Rockies would be looking to upgrade, but bench depth and right-handed bullpen help should be at the top of the list. The starting rotation is usually an area in need of improvement for Colorado, but the club is coming off a month in which its rotation posted a franchise-record 20 quality starts and led the National League in WAR.
It's pretty late in the process and no names have been linked by any reputable sources to the Rockies, but of players whose names have come up in other trade talks, two who make the most sense for Colorado are veteran rentals Steve Pearce of the Tampa Bay Rays (.309/.388/.520) and Jim Johnson (3.99 ERA, 8.0 K/9, 3.8 BB/9) of the Atlanta Braves. Neither player should cost the Rockies much in terms of prospects, and both could provide a significant boost to current areas of weakness.
With only three hours remaining until the deadline, odds seem against the Rockies making any sort of move. But, if they do, we'll have full coverage of it here.