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Inbox: Will Rockies be active at Trade Deadline?

Beat reporter Thomas Harding answers questions
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DENVER -- By winning eight of their last 10 games, the Rockies erased some of the damage of a difficult June. What's next?

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DENVER -- By winning eight of their last 10 games, the Rockies erased some of the damage of a difficult June. What's next?

Submit a question to Rockies inbox

Fans have questions. So, let's get to the Edward Jones Beat Reporter's Inbox.

Tweet from @elgoldbaum: What are the odds of the Rockies being buyers at the trade deadline if after this week the standings are pretty close to where there are now (Rockies 3-4 games back)?

The Rockies have nine games until the All-Star break -- six of them (including a three-game set at Coors Field starting Tuesday) against the National League West-leading D-backs. With the Rockies 3 1/2 games back and the Dodgers ahead at just a game back, it's a tight race.

A little over a week ago, general manager Jeff Bridich said he wanted to assess the situation over the coming weeks, and nothing has changed. Preliminary canvasing with Major League sources confirmed that the Rockies are in waiting mode, and can afford to be, because the roster has begun playing as expected, and as it performed for much of April and May. Remember, the Rockies led the division through June 6.

When those decisions come, the Rockies have to be careful in a couple of areas.

Adding an experienced starter is a consideration, but the Rockies will have to seriously consider whether the price is worth the quality of the starters currently on the market. Also, the Rockies seem inclined to back their investments in the bullpen, which means righty Bryan Shaw and lefty Mike Dunn will have to bounce back from performance and injury issues.

Video: SF@COL: Dunn induces DP to escape a jam in the 7th

If the Rockies stay in the race, I expect them to be a careful buyer.

Tweet from @JaltoJohn: Player payroll is open knowledge. Do u know how much $ the Rockies spend on scouting, player development and analytics? Does anyone rate the organization���s commitment to winning in this manner?

Excellent question. The short answer is, I don't know what they spend in comparison to other teams, but I can offer some observations.

The MLB Draft and Latin American scouting are important to the Rockies, and I see the resources in those areas. It's a little easier to rate the Draft, since the system is easier for fans to follow than the international signing period. But the Rockies were ahead of much of the sport when they opened a state-of-the-art complex in the Dominican Republic several years back.

A good move was increasing the investment in advanced scouting, by committing to in-person scouting with Chris Warren and Joe Little. In the past, much of the scouting of upcoming opponents was done by video.

The statistical analysis staff has been growing in recent years. It's an area where the Rockies have had to play catch-up. They have worked on the integration of the analysts with the scouting and field staffs, and manager Bud Black arrived with experience with analytics from his time in the Angels' front office.

Tweet from @BKinRocNY: @harding_at_mlb There has been noise linking the Rox to the Mets for pitching help. Why not the Rays re: Blake Snell? Under team control longer, similar stats to other ace pitchers. Seems like Snell is a great option.

Not sure how much noise there actually is. Anything can happen, but not much has. The feeling in the industry is it would take a lot for the Mets to depart with Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard. And the Rockies have little motivation to part with their No. 1, 2 and 3 MLB Pipeline prospects in the organization -- infielder Brendan Rodgers, third baseman Colton Welker and righty pitcher Peter Lambert. It's possible Rodgers, Lambert and infielder-outfielder Garrett Hampson (No. 6) could help the big club this season.

Video: COL@LAD: Rodgers lifts a solo home run to center

Snell, as you mention, is under club control through 2022. But it would take a major package of prospects to obtain him, also.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter and like his Facebook page.

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