By Zach Morrison @Zach_Morrison1 on June 15, 2014
The trade deadline is slowly approaching, and the Colorado Rockies' playoff hopes are slowly fading. They have an elite offense, but their pitching is a clear weakness. If they choose to be buyers at the deadline, these five pitchers will probably be on their radar.
This one seems unlikely, but if the Rockies could acquire David Price without giving up Jonathan Grey or Eddie Butler, they would almost have to pull the trigger. Price has a 3.97 ERA and a much better 2.97 FIP. His 10.02 K/9 and 0.90 BB/9 are career-bests.
Rumors about Jeff Samardzjia are already swirling, and he will be the best pitcher on the market behind Price. The price to acquire Samardzija will be high, but if the Rockies want to make a run at a postseason berth, they will need to make a bold move.
Admittedly, Jason Hammel might not be the greatest fit for Coors Field. His low 39.4 ground ball percentage doesn't seem like a great idea for a home run friendly ballpark. However, the Rockies desperately need pitching. Even if he struggles a bit with the home run ball, he will still likely be an upgrade.
Even though he has an ERA of 5.29, Brandon McCarthy seems like a great fit for Coors Field. His xFIP is much better than his ERA, at 2.86, and his 55.8 ground ball percentage would seem like a good thing in Colorado. He's giving up 1.48 HR/9, but that can be written off as bad luck; 22.2 percent of fly balls against him are going for homers.
The Reds won't be sellers, but they have a lot of pitching and they have a bad offense. The Rockies and Reds could decide to trade from positions of need that will help both teams this year. Mike Leake's good control (1.75 BB/9) and good ground ball percentage (56.9) bode well for his chances at succeeding in Coors Field.
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