Rockies rumors: Colorado interested in Rays’ Jeff Niemann

This week it was reported that the Colorado Rockies are in search of a dependable starting pitcher to add to their rotation. ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Rockies have inquired on Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Jeff Niemann, among others.

While the Rockies are expressing interest in Niemann, trade talks with the Rays haven’t reached an advanced stage.

The Rockies have a current crop of starters that includes Jhoulys Chacin, Jeff Francis, Jorge De La Rosa, Drew Pomeranz and Juan Nicasio. They could trade from their positional player depth, specifically at catcher, in order to acquire another dependable arm. Colorado currently has Wilin Rosario, Ramon Hernandez and Jordan Pacheco on its 40-man roster, with veteran backstop Yorvit Torrealba in camp as a non-roster invitee.

When issuing the initial report of the Rockies’ interest in a dependable starting pitcher, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports said he believed Hernandez is the most-likely catcher to be traded.

The Rays have a surplus of starting pitchers, with multiple young arms, including Chris Archer, Taylor Guerrieri and Jake Odorizzi, beyond their projected starting rotation of David Price, Matt Moore, Jeremy Hellickson, Niemann and Alex Cobb.

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