As the Rockies quietly pursued reliever Pat Neshek, he quietly rebuilt his veteran game | Denver Post
If you are a fan of the Colorado Rockies, you very well may be hoping for another trade or two before the July 31st trade deadline. In turn, you might be discouraged by the fact that the Rockies are rarely actually listed in the rumors that fly across your screen this time of year.
We need not be discouraged, though, as moves might be in the works. Jeff Bridich appears to have a handle on how to keep things tight as he finalizes moves. That was true of the Troy Tulowitzki trade, the Ian Desmond signing, and now this trade for Pat Neshek.
The Rockies have two key dates when it comes to adding talent between now and the playoffs. There is the trade deadline, and then there is the roster expansion in September. Kevin Henry points out that the talent in the minor league system might arguably make those call-ups more important than the upcoming trade deadline.
While the Rockies aren’t specifically noted here, Tim Brown looks at teams in similar circumstances that have struck so far this trade season. The big dogs might still loom larger at trade deadline time, but with the right prospect capital and the right trade partner, teams like the Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks, and the extra-small market Tampa Bay Rays can bolster their rosters too.
The Rockies need a catcher too, and the market at that position is hard to figure out. Sometimes it feels like Colorado won’t have much competitions for guys like Alex Avila or Jonathan Lucroy, and maybe that’s still true. But then you see speculation that the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals might need a catcher too, and it sure throws a wrinkle in things. Those teams have incentive and resources to be much more aggressive than the Rockies.
The names you don’t necessarily know now can become relevant later, sometimes in a big way. Grant Brisbee has a reflection on the trade that helped build a World Series champion in Boston.