Is a firesale soon to begin for the Colorado Rockies at the 2023 MLB trade deadline? Their third-worst record in MLB screams that they should. Trading away whatever veterans they can in the hopes of landing solid prospects that can aid their rebuilding efforts. Fortunately, that seems to be the path they’re heading down.

Trading Pierce Johnson to the Atlanta Braves for a pair of pitching prospects suggests the Rockies are ready to start tearing down what they have.'s Mark Feinsand, who reported the trade, named five players that could be next to leave Colorado ahead of the August 1 trade deadline.

“The Rockies should be very active over the next week, with C.J. Cron, Randal Grichuk, Jurickson Profar, Brent Suter and Brad Hand all potentially being moved,” writes Feinsand. Each player has a contract that expires after this season except for Hand, who has a club option.

Cron could be an interesting addition to a team in need of some power at the plate. Although he has been below average this season, the 33-year-old first baseman has been a good hitter in recent years and should be a decent backup option. Grichuk and Profar could provide good depth in the outfield — particularly Grichuk if he can keep hitting in the ballpark of the .842 OPS he has posted in his 237 plate appearances this season.

Suter's name has already come up in trade conversations as he posts a 2.62 ERA in 44.2 innings this season despite being a low-strikeout pitcher. Hand has also been receiving interest from potential suitors despite rocking a funky 4.68 ERA in 32.2 innings this season. Adding bullpen depth is never a bad idea, so both pitchers could be traded for something, even something small.

Just a year after signing Kris Bryant to a massive contract, indicating that they were looking to enter a win-now window, the Rockies are one of the very worst teams in MLB and have a long, long way to go before becoming a playoff team again. While it's uncertain how long it will take to change those fortunes, Colorado can start now by trying to add to their pool of prospects.