All kinds of trade scenarios are being floated that involve the Colorado Rockies and some of their players, from Carlos Gonzalez to Nolan Arenado. But it's worth viewing the 2016 season from the perspective of the team's front office: The Rockies are in the mix for the wild card. They're contending, two games behind the Dodgers in the NL West and 3½ games in the wild-card race.
The Rockies are a dangerous team on any given day because of their lineup depth, and they have their best core of pitching in recent memory, from Tyler Chatwood to Jon Gray. The Rockies' staff ranks sixth among 30 teams in road ERA -- yes, sixth. So the hope that the Rockies' leadership might feel is far from baseless.
Will the Rockies make the playoffs? Probably not. As of Wednesday morning, Baseball Prospectus pegs their chances at 5.2 percent. But they are in the mix, they have some nice cards to play, and they'll probably wait awhile before thinking about folding.