Rockies need bats, not arms

Though trade talk has centered on pitching, Colorado must address lineup

Updated: July 22, 2013, 11:22 AM ET
By Paul Swydan | ESPN Insider

The Colorado Rockies, fringe contenders who this week improved one spot to 19th in the ESPN Power Rankings, have featured prominently in trade rumors this July. 

Matt Garza and Jesse Crain have both been specifically mentioned as targets, and the overall tenor of chatter seems to be that the Rockies need pitching. And generally speaking that is true -- Colorado has rarely had an abundance of quality arms from which to choose. But this season, the Rockies are in greater need of a bat or two to help round out their lineup if the want to be taken seriously.