It's that time of year when the weather turns steaming hot and trade rumors begin to percolate.
For the Rockies, still alive in the hunt for their first National League West title, that could mean reinforcements for the starting rotation and the bullpen. The club is aggressively scouting pitchers across the majors, including Brewers starting right-hander Yovani Gallardo and Cubs starting right-hander Matt Garza.
The Rockies also are taking a look at Cubs closer Kevin Gregg.
Having said that, there are no guarantees the Rockies will pull the trigger on a trade. And there are a lot of teams in the hunt for all of the aforementioned players.
Bill Geivett, the Rockies' vice president of baseball operations, isn't about to divulge his club's specific plans.
"As far as any pitching that is out there, we are looking to see who's available and how we could help our club," Geivett said Thursday. "That's not only pitching, but position players as well. We are always looking to improve."
When asked specifically about Gallardo, Garza and Gregg, Geivett said: "I won't comment on anybody specifically. But we are going to watch them all. A lot of it's going to come down to what club will do what, and at what time."
Geivett also said he wants to see how the Rockies' starters — lefty Drew Pomeranz will join the rotation Sunday — pan out over the next few weeks as baseball's July 31 trade deadline approaches.
There have been a lot of national reports that the Rockies were interested in Ricky Nolasco, whom the Marlins are sure to trade. However, the Marlins want their trade partner to pick up the remaining portion of Nolasco's contract, making it highly unlikely the Rockies would take on the $6 million Nolasco will be owed.