Trade 2: Starting pitching replacement and an international player
With the potential Gray has shown this year, it would be nice for the Rockies to get a couple of pitchers that they could plan on down the line. So in trade two, that’s exactly what we send them.
Isaiah Campbell would be first in line. Currently 10th in the Mariners farm system, he has been lights out in his appearances as a long reliever for Everett. Set to be a starter down the line, Campbell is still averaging 4 innings per appearance for the Aqua Sox, par for the course for the starters down there. With just a 2.33 ERA, a WHIP of 0.983, 9.3/9 K rate, and 2.8 BB/9, he’s shown why he was rated as one of the Mariners better prospects this season.
He turns 24 soon, and Colorado could use him in the bigs as soon as this September if they wanted to give him a taste of big league action. Otherwise, he would be a great young candidate to test out in 2022.
As for Kristian Cardozo, the Rockies would be getting the #21 signing from the international class of 2019. Still just 18 years old, he’s a fantastic asset to have in the system that they could mold in the way they want, while having team control over him for somewhere around 8-10 years at a minimum, as long as things work out.