Rockies Rumors: Teams Checking In On All-Star Catcher's Availability

Catcher Elias Diaz of the Colorado Rockies is emerging as a prime trade candidate as the team approaches the 2023 trade deadline.

General Manager Bill Schmidt has received high levels of interest in their veteran relievers, but Diaz's performance this season has also caught the attention of potential suitors.

Diaz, a first-time All-Star, has showcased his solid offensive production with a .277 batting average, nine home runs, 15 doubles, and a triple.

While not exactly elite, his numbers exceed the average for catchers in the league, making him an appealing asset.

In addition to his improved offense, Diaz's defensive skills further add to his trade value.

Despite mixed reviews on his framing abilities, he excels in pitch blocking and throwing. His above-average pop times and strong caught-stealing rates make him one of the game's best in those areas.

Furthermore, Diaz's affordable contract and contract duration through the 2024 season present an opportunity for teams seeking catching help to acquire a reliable player with multiple years of control.

As the Rockies consider their options during a potential selling phase, exploring trade offers for Diaz could provide the team with an opportunity to acquire quality minor league talent while maximizing his current value.

With his solid offensive production, strong defensive skills, and team-friendly contract, Diaz presents an attractive opportunity for contending teams in need of an upgrade behind the plate. Photo Credit:  Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports