It's apparent that the Colorado Rockies will not be contenders in 2023. As such, the team's front office traded Mike Moustakas over the weekend; a sign that the Rockies will be sellers at the trade deadline.
The Cincinnati Reds, on the other hand, will likely be buyers. While Colorado's record is nothing to write home about, the Rockies do have some talent on this year's ball club.
If the Reds are looking to add players at this year's trade deadline, perhaps evaluating potential deals with the Rockies is a good place to start. What are three potential trades Cincinnati could make with the Colorado?
1. Reds trade pair of prospects to Rockies for LHP Brad Hand.
While the Cincinnati Reds bullpen has pitched above expectations thus far, a good chunk of the fanbase is waiting for the incoming implosion. The Reds have received great contributions from players like Lucas Sims, Alexis Diaz, and Buck Farmer, but more depth is needed.
This is especially true when it comes to the idea of left-handed relief pitching. With Reiver Sanmartin on the 60-day IL, Alex Young is Cincinnati's only southpaw coming out of the bullpen. Furthermore, Young actually performs better against right-handed batters than he does against lefties.
Brad Hand would be a fine addition to the Reds relief corps. The left-hander owns an ERA of 3.47 and has 34 punch outs in 26.1 innings of work. While right-handers have given Hand problems this season, lefties are hitting just .154 off the 33-year-old.
According to Spotrac, Hand is under contract through the end of the season and is signed for just $2-million. The left-hander has $7-million club-option for the 2024 season with a $500K buyout.
In return, the Rockies would no doubt be looking for young, controllable assets. T.J. Hopkins is little more than a depth option in Triple-A at the moment, and Stuart Fairchild can more than fill that role. Additionally, perhaps a catching prospect like Matheu Nelson would sweeten the deal enough for for Colorado to pull the trigger.