Some of you might be waking up for a normal work day like normal people. Some of you might see this after sleeping in on the day after Thanksgiving like normal people. And some of you might still be awake from Black Friday shopping, perhaps going all the way back to 8:00 P.M. yesterday…which is not normal.
Here’s what is happening with the Colorado Rockies:
Not many Major Leaguers can claim status as a national baseball icon, a cornerstone for two franchises and a key veteran presence for a third, but Larry Walker has all that on his resume and more.
Unless or until another player proves otherwise, Walker is the most accomplished position player from Canada ever to play in the Major Leagues, and he’s a treasured part of the team histories of the Expos, Rockies and Cardinals.
Jon Morosi of Fox Sports says the Mariners have shown interest in acquiring outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Rockies.
Who could the Rockies get in return?
Left-handed reliever Charlie Furbush is exactly what the Rockies need at this point. Furbush is durable, and he posted a 3.74 ERA last season with 80 strikeouts. He worked as a lefty specialist and a late-inning go-to option.
While Fowler is the club’s prime bait, he’s unlikely to be involved in the discussions with Anaheim about Trumbo. The Halos just traded one of their outfielders away because of a glut on the roster, so their talks with Colorado are more likely to involve a young starting pitcher than Fowler.
Trumbo, 27, is coming off of his third consecutive season of 29 or more home runs, and could be a solution to the Rockies’ search for a new first baseman in the wake of Todd Helton‘s retirement. The free-swinging slugger struggles to get on base at anywhere close to an average clip — .299 OBP for his career — but his prodigious power and plus defense at first base more than make up for those woes.