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STEP 1: Sort out the Pitching Surplus
To be clear, it's not certain that any surplus exists for the Rockies right now. Much depends on the speed at which Jorge De La Rosa and Juan Nicasio recover from very serious injuries.
Still, with those two, Jhoulys Chacin, Drew Pomeranz, Alex White, Tyler Chatwood, Kevin Slowey and Esmil Rogers all in the mix in Denver, it seems the Rockies have too many pitchers to squeeze into their rotation. Rogers is an easy fix; he belongs in the bullpen. White, though, should really follow him.
Though a first-round pick based on a once-nasty slider, White now sticks mostly to his fastball and his splitter, which is a reliever profile. There are a lot of different skill sets in play, so the fifth slot could be a revolving door wherein grounder machine Chatwood pitches more often at Coors Field, while Slowey gets primarily road assignments.
STEP 2: Trade from Strength in Outfield for Infield Help
At present, the Rockies' playoff hopes hinge in too great a part on the health and effectiveness of Casey Blake and Chris Nelson. The second base and third base spots are critical to building a winner anywhere in the league, and the Rockies have no viable answers there right now.
In the outfield, on the other hand, they have Carlos Gonzalez, Dexter Fowler, Michael Cuddyer, Seth Smith, Charlie Blackmon, Tyler Colvin and (possibly) Tim Wheeler. They should deal one or more of those players for a first-division second baseman.
Blake is a fine placeholder until Nolan Arenado arrives at the hot corner, but the Rockies need a better second baseman to win anything in 2012.
STEP 3: Get Troy Tulowitzki's Best Season
At age 27, Troy Tulowitzki could be poised to finally assume a mantle that has arguably been partially his for two years: Best Player in Baseball.
Tulowitzki last surpassed 600 plate appearances in his rookie year of 2007 and hasn't managed 150 games played since 2009. Yet, he has 89 home runs in the past three years and is one of the elite defensive shortstops in the game.
He needs to stay fully healthy, but assuming he does so, Tulowitzki could single-handedly carry his team to the playoffs under the right circumstances. An A-Rod-type year is not out of the question.