Major League Baseball is so desperate for new players that several Colorado Rockies players may be moved before the trade deadline at the end of the month.

The Athletic reported Wednesday that the Rockies could play a crucial role in the trade market, as there are few clear sellers. Despite being 29-56, the Rockies have two pitchers coming off solid seasons with potential, so Colorado is expected to consider moving those arms. Plus, there’s a slew of arms, catchers and a big bat that rival MLB general managers will be asking the Rockies for.

The two major players who could move are left-handed starter Austin Gomber and right-handed starter Cal Quantrill. Both pitchers are under team control through the 2025 season and are making $3 million and $6.5 million, respectively. A team that traded for them now would get two playoff runs out of relatively cheap veteran pitching.

Quantrill, 29, is certainly having the best season, pitching a team-best 95.1 innings with a 3.78 ERA. The former No. 8 draft pick struggled last year before being traded in the offseason in a deal that sent a minor leaguer to Cleveland. The rebounding at altitude, combined with interesting underlying numbers, make him the biggest arm the Rockies could move before the deadline.

Then there’s the 30-year-old Gomber. He’s thrown 87.2 innings this season with a 4.72 ERA. He’s had a terrible June after May was his best month as a Rockie. The only big-league prospect to go to Colorado after the disastrous Nolan Arenado trade, Gomber is still a good arm for a team serious about considering him as depth.

Neither would give the Rockies a serious boost to their farm system, but when you’re about to lose 100 games for a second straight season, every little bit helps. But with German Marquez and Antonio Senzatela on the road to recovery, they need immediate replacements for the players they’d send.

If the Rockies are serious about selling, longtime hitter Ryan McMahon would be the biggest player the team could sell, and the trade would potentially net a top 100 prospect.

The Rockies are also expected to have interest in pitchers Ryan Feltner, Jalen Beeks, Justin Lawrence and Tyler Kinley, as well as catchers Elias Diaz and Jacob Stallings

Although the article notes:

There is no guarantee that Colorado will make any deals involving any of the players mentioned above. In some cases, it would ruin their reputation as a reluctant party to sell their pieces.

The Rockies are known for holding on to their players, even when it’s clear they’re not a playoff team. This year, it’s clearer than ever that Colorado isn’t locked into the postseason and is facing a long rebuild. Perhaps those factors will be enough to prompt the team to make some trades. Last year, the team didn’t retain Brent Suter for a full season, but they did let go of C.J. Cron, Randal Grichuk and Pierce Johnson. Those deals have already paid off, with Victor Vodnik, a transfer from the Braves, emerging as one of the Rockies’ most promising relievers. Yet last year was an anomaly: All it took was going back two years to when the Rockies didn’t trade closer Daniel Bard but extended him to show how the team thinks. That contract was a disaster, by the way, as Bard didn’t pitch in 2024 and didn’t want the closer’s role in 2023.

What Colorado does this month with players who clearly won’t impact their future prospects could prove crucial in the Rockies’ rebuild.