What’s The Colorado Rockies’ Plan With Cristhian Adames?

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Sep 27, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop C. Adames (10) throws to first base. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Option three: If he isn’t in the long-term plans between Troy Tulowitzki and Trevor Story, trade Cristhian Adames and get something back for his talent rather than letting him waste away in Albuquerque. 

The window is closing on this option, only because Story may soon leap frog Adames to Denver now that the Rox have two shortstop prospects in Albuquerque. That’d be bad; how could the Rockies convince other teams that Adames is a worthwhile middle infield prospect if he were left languishing in AAA despite hitting well over .300 there for parts of two seasons, and a younger, greener prospect leap frogged him to Denver?

Because of that, if the Rockies went with option three, it’d have to happen relatively quickly, or else I’ve got to believe teams will wonder why the Rockies let Story overtake Adames if the latter were really so valuable as a trade piece.

Advantages: A trade would clean out the log jam. Considering Adames will soon be just 24 years old, you’d think there’s a way to get a decent prospect in return for him, or use him as a piece in a larger trade (Wilin Rosario, for example, or someone else) to get a better return before the deadline.

Disadvantages: what if Story’s awful in the big leagues? Not for nothing, there is some value to having redundancy in the infield and Adames and Story combined increase the chances of finding a good post-Tulo shortstop than if just one of them were in the system.

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