As established yesterday, the Colorado Rockies need to be sellers at the deadline this year. Here are the trades they should try to get done. Whether they happen or not is up to GM Dan O'Dowd and the respective teams involved.
Jorge De La Rosa to the New York Yankees — The Yankees will be buyers at every deadline, and this year starting pitching is what the desperately need. This trade will happen because Jeff Samardzija won't be move and the Yanks will miss out on David Price because of their overall lack of prospect depth. Besides their past interest in De La Rosa, he will also come a bit cheaper than plan B alternative Jason Hammel, whose having a great season. Any return that includes 20-year-old RHP Luis Severino, currently in high-A Tampa should be gobbled up. Severino is a starter that has a plus fastball, the ability to miss bats and walks few batters. He could be gotten because teams will probably be asking about Gary Sanchez, but he's the future behind the plate for the Yanks. Severino would be terrific, and one of either JR Murphy or Austin Romine, both catchers with a little Major League experience who are in front of Sanchez, would result in an automatic trigger pull.
LaTroy Hawkins to the Toronto Blue Jays — The Jays are fighting for the postseason in a very close AL East and could use some help in the bullpen. Hawkins has been too good this season and is too long in the tooth to finish the year in Colorado. The Rockies shouldn't expect really anything in return for Hawk, but it would be nice to send him to a team making the playoffs in what may be his last season. A reliever yet to find his way in the majors Jeremy Jeffress would be fine return. A mercy trade, if you will, for a guy who deserves to pitch into October one last time.
Wilin Rosario to the Baltimore Orioles – Baltimore's All-Star catcher Matt Wieters had elbow surgery and will miss the rest of the season. A mighty blow for a team battling the Blue Jays for the AL East crown. The O's need an extra bat in the lineup, and with Wilin's power and ability to also play catcher should be a target of theirs. With McKenry doing a solid job behind and beside the plate, and hopefully Murphy or Romine back from the De La trade, Wilin is expendable, especially with Tom Murphy on his way to the Bigs in the next couple of years. This is one of those trades that could get messy with a few players involved for salary reason or even a player to be named later. Through all the mess and the wealth of pitching prospects the O's have, right-handed starter Tyler Wilson would be the gem. But because of Rosario's lack of service time, a streaky bat, and the organization's wariness of moving young Big-leaguers who aren't on the cusp of leaving Denver, no trade is likely to happen.
Drew Stubbs to California – Pretty much the entire state of California (sorry San Diego) is in the playoff hunt and will all be buyers. Even with Seth Smith virtually taken off the market with the extension he signed, there are quite a few outfielders reportedly available. But Stubbs' mix of hitting, fielding and pure speed should make him very attractive to any potential suitor. Any Stubbs trade is unlikely to happen, though, because a team would have to go through arbitration or sign him through 2016, when he will then be free agent eligible.
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