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The Colorado Rockies improved in the lead-up to the trade deadline

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Colorado Rockies news, notes and links for Tuesday, August 1

Rockies' first big trade deadline dealings in several years are a boost - The Denver Post
The Rockies made a pair of moves in the days leading up to Monday's trade deadline, acquiring reliever Pat Neshek and catcher Jonathan Lucroy, without digging much into their farm system. Nick Groke takes a look at the moves the team made, the ones it didn't and how both will affect the team heading down the stretch.

Rockies trade for Jonathan Lucroy, Pat Neshek - MLB.com
Thomas Harding notes that while the Rockies did make a pair of moves, they were quiet on Deadline Day, as were Milwaukee and St. Louis, the two teams closest to catching them in the Wild Card race. Harding has a breakdown of what the Rockies' deadline activity means for the present and, more importantly, the future of the team.

Brendan Rodgers has become nearly untouchable in the Rockies’ trade deadline dealings. His time will wait. – The Denver Post
One prospect that was seemingly off the table entirely as the trade deadline approached was shortstop Brendan Rodgers. The 20-year-old, currently playing at Double-A Hartford, talked with Nick Groke about the Rockies' deadline activity and his future as he moves through the minor leagues.

How trades can still happen in August and September - RoxPile
The non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone, but teams can now utilize waivers to make deals, usually smaller ones, throughout the rest of the season. Noah Yingling analyzes how those trades in August and September work, as well as the Rockies' history with waiver trades later in the season.