The Colorado Rockies are in contention in a tightly-contested National League West, and now that they have played more than half of their games in 2013, the team has a pretty good idea of where they stand. With the trade deadline coming up at the end of July, this is the time of year when trade rumors start to swirl.
Scouts from the Rockies organization have been seen at games in which Yovani Gallardo and Matt Garza were pitching, sparking rumors of their interest in a trade. Bill Geivett, Colorado’s Vice President of Baseball Operations, did not discuss specific trade strategy in a recent interview, but when asked specifically about Gallardo, Garza and Kevin Gregg, he stated
“I won’t comment on anybody specifically. But we are going to watch them all. A lot of it’s going to come down to what club will do what, and at what time.”
Gallardo is likely the name at the top of the Rockies wish list. The former all-star is experiencing a bit of a down year in 2013, but is still just 27 years old and has already has a 75-50 record in the major leagues. Gallardo has also pitched much better recently, allowing just three earned runs in 25 innings over his last four starts. Gallardo also has a relatively team-friendly contract. He earns just $7,750,000 in 2013 and he is under team control through 2015.
Garza, on the other hand, makes $2.5 million more than Gallardo this year and is scheduled to hit free agency at the end of the season. He also has the added risk of recent injury, as Garza missed the first month and a half of the season with arm and side injuries. Garza, like Gallardo, has been sharp lately, going 2-0 while giving up just 2 runs combined in his last three starts.
Whether the Rockies will actually pull the trigger on a deal for a pitcher will likely depend on how Drew Pomeranz does now that he’s been called up to the majors. If he can be successful against big league hitters, then the Rockies will likely take their chances with their current roster. But if Pomeranz doesn’t pitch well, then Colorado will likely feel pressure to make a move to bolster the pitching staff.