Winter Dance Partners – Colorado Rockies

Looking ahead to the offseason there are a few teams who may line up with the Jays in terms of team strengths and needs. While it’s obviously a shot in the dark guess, I’ll be looking at a few options over the next few weeks. That starts with the Colorado Rockies, who I look at in this post.

There are so many things that occur and change throughout the offseason that it’s impossible to predict what will happen.

However, that doesn’t mean we can’t all pretend to have an idea! The Blue Jays figure to be fairly active in the trade market and they look to fill the hole that killed them in 2013. Whether on the free agent market or through trades, I’m of the belief that there aren’t going to be any blockbusters. Of course I could be wrong, but I don’t think AA wants to go big and spend a lot of money for a free agent. And as I posted earlier, there’s not a lot of trade pieces that make sense.

However, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing. The bullpen’s a source of strength. Adam Lind is a guy I can see moved without killing the Major League lineup. There are still a couple of minor leaguers like Anthony Gose, Marcus Stroman and Sean Nolin that could go. It’s tough to say what value the lower minor leaguers have, but that’s also a possibility.

One possibility is the Colorado Rockies.

Colorado Rockies

Like the Jays, the Rockies finished at the bottom of their division this year. And like the Jays, the Rockies have some high-priced stars in the prime of their careers. I don’t expect the Jays to trade for Car-Go or Tulowitzki, but there are a few players that make sense.

Colorado has a number of middle infielders, DJ LeMahieu, Jonathan Herrera and Josh Rutledge, who could be traded. LeMahieu and Rutledge are under team control for a few years while Herrara is about to go through arbitration for the second time. None of the players are great offensive players, though many thought 2013 might be a breakout season for Rutledge. The defensive metrics seem to like LeMahieu and Herrara.

Potential middle infielder help, per Fangraphs.

Potential middle infielder help, per Fangraphs.

In the rotation, the Rockies have a few pitchers who may be worth targeting. Jhoulys Chacin is probably the most obvious. He’s due $4.8 million in 2014 and then has one more year of arbitration. He’s not a big strikeout guy, but has had success limiting home runs in the hitter friendly Coors Field.

Tyler Chatwood and Jorge De La Rosa are also possible. Chatwood’s a younger pitcher who had some success this year, his third part-time year in the bigs. De La Rosa has been around and came back from an injury-plagued 2012.

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Starters the Rockies may consider trading to Toronto, per Fangraphs

Though their bullpen  put up the sixth most WAR in baseball, that’s partly due to it having thrown the second most innings. It had the third worst ERA, but was middle of the pack in terms of FIP and xFIP.

Zach Links, at MLBTraderumors speculates the Rockies will be in the hunt for bullpen help this year. With first baseman Todd Helton retiring, could Adam Lind be his replacement? In fact, could a trade be expanded where the Jays get a starter and second baseman for Lind and bullpen help? Maybe throw in a B prospect and/or a starter.

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