So far, we’ve profiled individual players in this series, but several Rockies players are involved in this potential Braves trade. Originally, the Baltimore Orioles were supposed to be the fifth game in this series, but they’ve won ten straight — they might not be sellers. The Rockies are another story.
Colorado sits 40-49 in one of baseball’s most competitive divisions, and they’ll likely be looking for a fresh infusion of prospects into their system. Even with guys like Kris Bryant on the roster, Colorado isn’t a competitive team right now. Still, they might be looking for guys closer to the majors. If you missed any previous editions of this series, check them out below:
RHP Daniel Bard
Innings pitched: 34.2
SI Jose Iglesias
Home runs: 3
Races completed: 31
Two former Boston top prospects are heading to the Braves in this trade. It’s actually kind of crazy to me that Bard is 37. I thought it was closer to 30. However, he’s still been one of baseball’s best bullpen arms in 2022, and he’d be a solid builder for the Braves if the Kirby Yates experiment doesn’t pan out.
I thought about including Chad Kuhl as the main starter here, but Iglesias makes a lot more sense for Atlanta. Ryan McMahon made sense as a versatile infielder and left-handed bat, but he just signed a big extension with the Rockies. Iglesias isn’t a southpaw, but he can play all the court and is having a fantastic 2022 season. He’s a great hire that actually hits .363 away from Coors’ field, so I’m not worried about the drop of its production. Iglesias is more of a contact/table setter-type hitter and solid defender, which is valuable in a Braves lineup with lots of pop.
The Potential Braves Trade Package
#10 RHP Victor Vodnik, #15 SS Cal Conley and #20 LHP Dylan Dodd
Seems like a pretty good balance for two rentals. Vodnik is on the radar and he’s having a fantastic season in Mississippi. He could be in the majors sooner rather than later as a reliever or a starter.
Conley is a fast, hard-hitting shortstop in the 2021 draft class. He’s a college bat who should rise quickly.
Dodd is your lottery ticket. He was a very solid Division II pitcher in college, and the Braves made him a third-round pick in 2022. There’s a lot of upside to develop there, and like the other two guys, he could help the Rockies as early as 2022 if things go according to plan.
So who says no?
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