The Rockies have a reputation for holding on to—and sometimes extending—veterans who could be likely trade candidates with other organizations. In recent years, they’ve refused to trade Trevor Story, Jon Gray, Daniel Bard, C.J. Cron, Brent Suter and others, despite being near the bottom of the National League standings. (Bard and Cron were unlucky to receive extensions.) Multiple reports have indicated that the Rockies have zero inclination to entertain trade scenarios involving third baseman Ryan McMahon, but The Athletic’s Will Sammon, Katie Woo and Patrick Mooney report that Colorado decision-makers “plan to consider offers” for some players under review after the current season.

Right-hander Cal Quantrill and left-hander Austin Gomber are the two most likely trade candidates on the staff, and the team will indeed consider offers for both, according to the report. Both are in their second seasons of arbitration eligibility, with Quantrill earning a salary of $6.55 million and Gomber just under half that, at $3.15 million. Both are controlled through the 2025 season and are scheduled to become free agents in the 2025-26 offseason.

Of the two, the 29-year-old Quantrill arguably has more value despite being the more expensive arm. He has posted a team-high 95 1/3 innings pitched in 2024 and a 3.78 ERA to go along with an 18% strikeout rate, 8.5% walk rate, 46.9% grounder rate and 1.13 HR/9. It was a nice rebound effort for Quantrill in a tough environment for any pitcher. The former No. 8 overall draft pick was burned to a 5.24 ERA in an injury-shortened stint with the Guardians last season, but is now in the midst of his third season of solid results in a major-league rotation. Quantrill also threw to a combined 3.16 ERA in 336 innings with Cleveland in 2021-22, displaying the same mix of subpar strikeout rate and an aversion to hard contact.

Quantrill has his flaws, too. His 18% strikeout rate is worse than league average but matches his career rate of 17.8%. He’s never missed bats at a high level, and his control is more good than great. Likewise, while he uses a sinker as his primary offering, his ground-ball percentages are generally slightly above average but far from elite. Quantrill has used a changeup in the past — he’s largely ditched the pitch this season — but it hasn’t contained lefties as well as was hoped when the pitch started getting plus numbers back in his prospect days. Lefties have a career .241/.318/.404 slash against him, while righties have a similar .266/.313/.400. He’s hittable by all opponents, but also not overexposed in platoon settings.

Gomber, 30, has thrown 87 2/3 innings this season and posted a 4.72 ERA. That number has increased by nearly two runs since the calendar turned to June. At the end of May, Gomber had a respectable 2.76 earned run average, but he has thrown 28 earned runs in his last 29 frames, starting on June 2, with a K/BB ratio of 18 to 7.

Such struggles are all too familiar for the Rockies and Gomber, who came to Denver as part of the regrettable Nolan Arenado trade with St. Louis. The former fourth-round pick is second only to Kyle Freeland on the Rockies in innings pitched since being acquired, with 466 2/3 frames in 99 appearances (83 starts). He’s posted a lackluster 5.13 ERA in that time, and has actually produced slightly better results at Coors Field (4.96 ERA) than away (5.31 ERA). Look back at Gomber’s month-by-month splits in any given season and there’s typically a month or two like his April/May run in 2024, but they’re largely offset by pronounced struggles that mirror his current slump.

Gomber struck out a solid 23.2% of opponents in his first season with the Rox, but this year he’s at 16.1% and has seen his average fastball velocity drop from 91.6 mph in 2021 to 90.3 mph this season, according to Statcast. He’s also scaled back his use of his slider in favor of more curveballs and changeups. In 2021, Statcast gave his slider a solid 35% whiff rate, but the pitch is down to 17.7% this season and has been hitting harder in recent seasons, so it’s no surprise to see him move away from it.

While neither Quantrill nor Gomber would yield the kind of haul that would make Colorado’s farm system seismically better, both should generate interest. That’s true not only because of their relatively affordable salaries and extra year of club control, but also because of the sheer dearth of alternatives on the market for teams looking for rotation help. Quantrill is a borderline playoff prospect at best, and Gomber is likely viewed more as a fifth starter who can help eat up innings before sliding into a bullpen role in the playoffs. For some clubs, that kind of stability is all they’re looking for.

It’s far from certain that the Rockies will ultimately move either pitcher. Quantrill has spoken positively about the experience of pitching in Colorado and specifically at Coors Field. He has exceeded expectations since being acquired from Cleveland and has historically been the type of veteran the Rockies want to lock up for multiple years rather than trade. Their apparent willingness to listen to offers for him would be a change of pace, but reportedly a welcome one for a club that has repeatedly passed up trade opportunities that would have bolstered its minor league system, only to ultimately lose said players for nothing when they became free agents. Whether either pitcher generates enough interest to warrant an offer that convinces the Rockies to move, however, remains an open question.

Colorado also has other arms under review/signed after the current season, though most are struggling. Dakota Hudson has an ERA of just under 6.00 with nearly as many walks as strikeouts. He’s arbitration-eligible this winter. Kyle Freeland is signed through 2026 and will make $16 million in each of the next two seasons. He might have attracted interest if he were healthy, but he only returned from the 60-day IL a few weeks ago after an extended hiatus with an elbow injury. He’s looked sharp since returning (two runs in 12 2/3 innings), but has been hammered to a 13.21 ERA in four starts prior to his IL trip.

The Athletic also mentions right-hander Ryan Feltner as a name that could generate interest despite his ugly 5.60 ERA. That makes sense as a potential acquisition. Feltner is averaging 95 mph on his heater and has a career-low 6.2% walk rate through 91 2/3 innings this year. His 19.3% strikeout rate is a few percentage points below average, but his 10.5% swinging-strike rate isn’t far off par and he’s posted solid spin rates on his breaking pitches.

Feltner, 27, will be arb-eligible as a Super Two player this offseason. He has four more seasons of control and a few minor league options remaining. A club that does enter the fray may not want to insert him into their rotation right away, especially if that team is in a tight division/wild-card race. Other clubs looking toward 2025 and beyond, or perhaps clubs comfortably leading the division but still in need of some rotation depth, could view him as a longer-term project with good, raw players who could benefit from a change of scenery.