The Path Exists For The Colorado Rockies To Move Carlos Gonzalez Right Now
Jun 8, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Training staff and St. Louis Cardinals manager M. Matheny (26) help left fielder M. Holliday (7) into the dugout after he was injured during the second inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies have already moved their best player — in a surprise move — and now the cards are on the table (no pun intended) for the Rockies’ second-best asset.
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The Colorado Rockies have already surprised the baseball world by trading Troy Tulowitzki off to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night, and now, there’s an opportunity to strike while the iron is hot and trade Carlos Gonzalez, as well.
We’ve already discussed why it’s important for the Rockies to trade CarGo, blow the whole thing up, get young (and worse), and start anew with a larger and even deeper crop of prospects than the already impressive group they had coming into the season.
With Tulo gone, the Rockies are halfway there; CarGo would push them over the blow-it-up-and-rebuild-it edge (which, yes, as hard as it is to think about, is the 100% correct path for this club to be on right now). And now, there are two legitimate paths in which the Rockies can make that trade.
For one, the New York Mets need an outfielder — because their Wednesday night trade with the Milwaukee Brewers that was supposed to net them Carlos Gomez didn’t actually go through like everyone had assumed.
So… the Mets are still in play (and, you can bet, probably getting desperate to get something, especially after they messed up this trade after it had gone all the way through and was being reported on, even by their own official website.)
Yeah, so, there’s that. Banner show all around, New York Mets!
The second path that exists for the Rockies to move CarGo comes in the form of the St. Louis Cardinals, who just tonight lost Matt Holliday to a strained (torn) quadriceps muscle. They’ll find out the severity of the injury in the morning, but for a Cardinals club that’s already lost several guys to injury this year, surely they can’t absorb a serious loss from another important cog in their lineup.
Obviously, CarGo (and Yoenis Cespedes) likely have the upper hand in terms of who the Cardinals would want, and could get. The other two big available power hitting outfielders — Gomez and Jay Bruce — reside in the Cardinals’ division, and I can’t imagine St. Louis being able to come up with either of those available talents from the Brewers or Reds, respectively.
Of course, the Rockies play in St. Louis beginning Thursday night, so that’d make for a hypothetically easy clubhouse switch for CarGo… and a really freakin’ weird weekend series.
Oh, baseball. You so crazy sometimes.