With Troy Tulowitzki Gone, Colorado Rockies Must Trade Carlos Gonzalez Now


Apr 4, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop T. Tulowitzki (2) and left fielder C. Gonzalez (5) during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies must move their star right fielder now that their other superstar is moving out of Denver. Get young — and quick!

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The Colorado Rockies actually did it. They actually made the biggest trade of the season, and shipped Troy Tulowitzki (and LaTroy Hawkins) to the Toronto Blue Jays for Jose Reyes and some minor leaguers yet to be named. Wow.

Now that it’s been done, let’s be honest — if you’re going to move out one superstar at the deadline, it’s time to move out another one, too — Carlos Gonzalez absolutely needs to be traded in the next three days.

Do the right thing, and get younger. You can’t draw a line in the sand any more than giving away your star shortstop, so why not go all the way (you’ve already gone more than 50%!) and give away the aging star right fielder, too. Whether it’s the New York Mets, or Los Angeles Angels, or anybody else who needs a power outfield bat, it’s time for Carlos Gonzalez to go.

No slight to him — in fact, with his recent hot streak, all the respect in the world about this one. He’s hit six home runs in his last four games, and he’s slugged 15 home runs since the start of June. His value is at one of the highest points it’s ever been in his career, and it’s on the Colorado Rockies to get a young, exciting return for him — and the pieces are out there.

Building around the next group, the next crop of talent (Nolan Arenado, Corey Dickerson, Ben Paulsen, DJ LeMahieu, maybe even Charlie Blackmon) with a bunch of exciting young guys (Trevor Story, Cristhian Adames, Raimel Tapia, Ryan McMahon, Harrison Musgrave, Jon Gray, Eddie Butler, and many more) ought to make you excited already.

To think what the Colorado Rockies could add in trades for their two aging, healthy-ish superstars would make this a fun club in 2016, 2017, and beyond.

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