The Colorado Rockies are coming off of the worst month of baseball in the franchise’s history. The team would end the month of June with a record of 8-20 and lost last night to begin July to the Washington Nationals. Now, they are on the outside looking in, in terms of contention. Normally, you would view a team with a losing record as sellers at the MLB Trade Deadline, but the Rockies have an abundant of bodies on the disabled list.
Two candidates that are expecting to move is starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa and Michael Cuddyer. De La Rosa has had a solid season up to this point, bouncing back from a rough start where he began the campaign 0-3 with an ERA of 7.58. Since then, the southpaw has gone 8-3 and lowered his ERA to 4.86. I could see Colorado shipping him to a team in contention where De La Rosa can fit in as a solid 3-4 starting pitcher.
Michael Cuddyer on the other hand has played exceptionally well in back-to-back seasons, but the outfielder is on the disabled list until August after suffering a non-displaced fracture in his left shoulder socket against the Atlanta Braves on June 9th. Cuddy was hitting .317 with 7 doubles, 5 home runs, and 16 RBI’s in 31 games played. If the Rockies were to trade Cuddyer, they would get little-to-no value for the 35-year-old due to the fact that he will miss a lot of time.
The disabled list is just ridiculous in terms of how many Rockies players are hurt right now. Carlos Gonzalez (finger), Jhoulys Chacin (shoulder), Nolan Arenado (finger), Boone Logan (shoulder), Tyler Chatwood (elbow), Brett Anderson (finger), Christian Bergman (hand), Jordan Lyles (hand), and Eddie Butler (shoulder).
Taking a look at that list and it’s no wonder the Colorado Rockies rank dead last in the Major League’s at 4.99.
This will be a month to look forward to regarding trade rumors in the Mile High City, whether or not we will see some movement.