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The relief market is too much of a crapshoot to handicap, but a couple of guys I’d like to see the Rockies sign include Luke Gregerson and Sergio Romo. We’ve seen a fair share of them in the NL West, and Gregerson in particular has pitched well against the Rockies. I’d also love to get top reliever Andrew Miller, but he’s probably too pricey.
So we’ve established that Jeff Bridich should sign Geovany Soto, Brandon McCarthy, Justin Masterson, Luke Gregerson, and Sergio Romo. Now all that’s left is a possible trade.
This could be the year that the Rockies trade one of their beloved superstars. We know how talented both Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki are, but it’s hard to build a franchise around two players who get injured so often. Should either be traded, and if so, which one? There have been Tulo trade rumors, but to me it’s unlikely that the Rockies trade their star shortstop. He’s by far the most important player on the team, and he was in the midst of an MVP season before getting injured. I wouldn’t trade Tulowitzki.
There are arguments for and against trading CarGo. Again, this post isn’t about what the Rockies will do, it’s about what they should do. And it might be because I love CarGo, but I don’t think the Rockies should trade him just yet. He’s a hell of a player when healthy, and his value is also pretty low right now coming off his worst season in a while. I just don’t know how much the Rockies could get for him, and it would need to be a lot to validate a trade. Gonzalez is a star player, and if the Rockies want to win in 2015, they need to keep him.
On the other hand, if Bridich ignores my free agent advice (because I know he’s going to read this) and signs nobody, it would make more sense to trade Gonzalez, because the Rockies wouldn’t have much of a chance next year either way. I really, really hope that doesn’t happen, because I still think the Rockies could be competitive next season with the right moves.
Let’s just hope the Rockies are active and aggressive in the free agent market and can give us a 2015 team we can get excited about. Here’s to Jeff Bridich being better than Dan O’Dowd!