The Rockies search for a future first baseman is already well underway. Todd Helton is no longer as durable as he once was, and is now likely better suited as a bench player. The Rockies are better suited for a right-handed first baseman, making Royals first baseman Billy Butler an optimal choice.
The Royals are in shambles, and would certainly benefit from a pair of pitching prospects stocked away in the rather deep Rockies farm system.
Butler is hitting .308 with 11 home runs in 122 games this season, with a career high .379 on-base percentage. Butler is a .295 career hitter in four professional seasons. The Royals may not be looking to trade him, but it may be a money saver to move him to make room for prospect Eric Hosmer, a first baseman hitting .340 in 124 games between High-A and Double-A with 17 homeruns and a .408 on-base percentage.
With Hosmer, and also Mike Moustakas, who is hitting .325 with 28 home runs in 103 games between Double-A and Triple-A, and what would be a pair of prospects to add to the fold to move into the future.