The Rockies, who fell out of first place in the NL West on Tuesday for the first time since May 3, might be in the market for a veteran ace to add to their pitching staff.

The source: Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports

From Rosenthal on Thursday: "A trade for a veteran starter is another possibility – one scout believes the Tigers’ Justin Verlander and Rays’ Chris Archer would be the best fits at Coors Field (though Verlander has enough service time to reject any trade), and the Rays’ Alex Cobb and Athletics’ Sonny Gray also could make sense."


The take: There are a few things to unpack here. Colorado has been riding a trio of very young pitchers — Kyle Freeland, 24, and Antonio Senzatela and German Marquez, both 22. Potential internal reinforcements are possible: Jon Gray (stress fracture in left foot) is expected back by mid-June and at some point so too might be a determined Chad Bettis (cancer treatment), the team's winningest starter in 2016. The Rockies are entering a critical month. Despite getting off to the best start in franchise history, the Rockies (33-22, a half-game back of the Dodgers in the NL West entering play Thursday) have a history of putting the swoon in June.