MLB Rumors: Rockies Make Two Pitchers Available For Trade

Sitting at eight games back of the final Wild Card spot, the Colorado Rockies will be sellers at the trade deadline. They do have a number of players that could fit the bill for contending teams looking for help, and they've specifically made it known that two pitchers, in particular, are available. 

According to USA Today baseball insider Bob Nightengale, reliever Alex Colome and starter Chad Kuhl are being shopped, both of whom should have some utility for teams. Both players were signed to one-year free agent contracts in the offseason—Colome at $4.1M and Kuhl at $3M—making both easy trade targets, with no salary commitments beyond this season. 

Colome was brought in with the thought that he could compete for end-of-game closing duties, but Daniel Bard has taken that job and run with it again this season, with 18 saves to this point, along with a 2.20 ERA and 11 K/9. In fact, Nightengale says, the Rockies are hoping to open contract talks on an extension with Bard soon.

Although his strikeouts are down (only 6.5 K/9), Colome has fared reasonably well, with a 2.73 ERA and four saves. 

Kuhl has a 6-5 record with a 4.02 ERA and 1.35 WHIP, and surprisingly, he's fared even better in the thin air of Denver, with a 3.27 ERA at home. 

We've also covered one other expiring Rockies contract that will certainly be on the trade block

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