Colorado Rockies trade rumors: Daniel Bard generating interest

Jul 25, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Colorado Rockies pitcher Daniel Bard (52) throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 25, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Colorado Rockies pitcher Daniel Bard (52) throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Colorado Rockies find themselves in a familiar place. Once again, as the trade deadline approaches, they are in a position to sell. Of course, that does not mean that they will actually sell off any of these players, as the 2021 trade deadline proved.

But that could change. The Rockies have intimated that they could listen to offers for several of their players, notably Chad Kuhl and Alex Colome. According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, teams are also calling about Daniel Bard as well.

Colorado Rockies could get respectable haul for Daniel Bard

Relief pitching is always at a premium at the trade deadline and Bard could be an answer for numerous teams. He has rebounded from a rough 2021 campaign to post an excellent 1.91 ERA and a 1.035 WHiP in his 37.2 innings, striking out 43 batters with 19 walks while notching 21 saves. That sort of performance would attract plenty of attention for teams looking for a late inning arm.

It is also uncertain as to whether or not the Rockies trade Bard. Prior to Feinsand’s report, most of the chatter regarding the Rockies’ closer involved the team looking to sign him to an extension. He has, for the most part, been conspicuously absent from any speculation about a deal.

But the Rockies also need to face reality. It is entirely possible that they can bring Bard back in the offseason, especially as a 37 year old reliever with a history of control issues may not cost much. if they can add a prospect or two that could help the future, it is something they need to do.

Last year’s trade deadline, when they did absolutely nothing, was a complete disaster. They cannot afford to replicate that inaction. If Bard is their most valuable trade chip, then they need to bite the bullet and send him elsewhere for a couple of months.

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The Colorado Rockies are getting plenty of interest regarding Daniel Bard. It remains to be seen as to whether or not they will actually trade him.