Boston Red Sox rumors: 3 Rockies players to target at Trade Deadline

DENVER, CO - JUNE 16: Trevor Story #27 and C.J. Cron #25 of the Colorado Rockies (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 16: Trevor Story #27 and C.J. Cron #25 of the Colorado Rockies (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 10: German Marquez #48 of the Colorado Rockies (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /

Boston Red Sox Trade Target No. 2: German Marquez

It’s been an interesting season for German Marquez so far in Colorado. The 26 year old earned his first All-Star appearance this season, and if you take away a couple ugly outings from earlier on, he’s probably in the discussion for the NL Cy Young award.

Even with a couple of rough starts, Marquez is having the best season of his career at just the right time. He is sporting an 8-6 record despite playing on a subpar team, and his 3.36 ERA would be the lowest of his career if the season ended today. He has already tossed three complete games this season, which is basically unheard of in today’s day and age of baseball, and is well on his way to surpassing the 200 strikeout threshold by the season’s end.

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As a result, Marquez has turned himself into one of the top pitchers that’s set to be available on the trade market by the end of this month. He’s having a breakout season of sorts, and is under team control for the next three seasons.

Marquez’s value has only increased as the season has gone along, and rightfully so. He will be worth more than Cron would be in a potential trade, and ultimately Boston’s front office will have to decide whether he is worth one of their top prospects or not.

With Chris Sale set to return later this summer, trading for Marquez may not be the right move, especially at the price he is going to charge. But unlike other trade targets, Marquez wouldn’t be a one season rental. At just 26, he could become a staple of the Red Sox rotation for the next few seasons if the Sox decide to go this route.

The rotation has come back down to earth after a hot start to the season, and with the uncertainty surrounding Sale’s return, adding another starter wouldn’t hurt. There are probably cheaper options available, but if the Boston Red Sox want to add a guy who could be a contributor for this season and future seasons as well, Marquez would be their guy.