Will The Colorado Rockies Actually Trade Carlos Gonzalez This Winter?
This will be the theme of the Winter Meetings for the Colorado Rockies: will the team trade their two-time All-Star in Carlos Gonzalez? The Colorado Rockies have apparently gone into a rebuilding mode, yet they have failed to make a comment on the topic after trading away the face of their franchise, Troy Tulowitzki, this past season.
The Rockies, under first-year general manager Jeff Bridich, have realized they need power arms, or any resemblance of pitching for that matter to contend in today’s game. After shipping Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins to the Blue Jays prior to the trade deadline, the Rockies received a trio of arms; Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro and Jesus Tinoco. Not to mention, Jose Reyes who has ran into a little trouble of late.
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Here comes the tricky part. The Rockies appear to have stacked the best farm system they’ve ever had, loaded with talent from top to bottom. Brendan Rodgers, Jon Gray, David Dahl, Kyle Freeland, Ryan McMahon, Forrest Wall, Mike Nikorak, Raimel Tapia etc. The list goes on and on, but what did you notice when you looked at that list? Gray, Freeland, Nikorak; three pitchers in Colorado’s top ten. That’s a good sign.
The question now is, do the Rockies want to go a similar route regarding CarGo, possibly trading him to add more pitching depth? In case you haven’t read The Denver Post lately, Rockies columnist Patrick Saunders hit on this topic in his column. Saunders mentioned that if asked about, Bridich would listen to offers for the two-time All-Star.
Of course that doesn’t entirely mean anything, due to the fact that teams everywhere will entertain offers for just about every player, whether they want to or not. That’s kind of the point I’m trying to emphasize; just because they’re listening doesn’t actually mean a deal is or will be on the table.
Let’s just say Colorado does decide to deal CarGo. They have a pretty good foundation of a lineup as is, featuring players such as Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson and DJ LeMahieu, yet a huge chunk of their production is out the window. What can they do to fill that gap? Patrick Saunders and myself kind of have the same viewpoint, yet it’s highly unlikely. Colorado could take a stab at a player such as Chris Davis, being that they have an open spot at the first base position after declining Justin Morneau‘s option.
Just picture Chris Davis in a Colorado Rockies uniform and the production that would come with it, especially with the jet stream in right-center. Davis hit 47 home runs last season; 28 in the second half. He, like CarGo, both struggled to get going right away but they eventually hit the on-switch in the second half.
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As for the Rockies trading CarGo, it’s bound to happen. However, if I had to guess when, I wouldn’t be shocked if it didn’t happen sometime during the season, possibly right around the trade deadline. On the other hand, if the offer is too good to refuse, I’m sure Colorado would pull the trigger this Winter.