Carlos Gonzalez Denies Report of Demand: “It’s Not True”

Jun 7, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez (5) tosses his batting helmet after striking out in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Dodgers won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 7, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez (5) tosses his batting helmet after striking out in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Dodgers won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
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It was a busy Thursday for Carlos Gonzalez. On the same day the Colorado Rockies slugger was named as a participant in the 2016 T-Mobile Home Run Derby, he was also the subject of an article that said he was ready to get out of Denver.

Shortly after smiling through an interview focusing on his place in the Home Run Derby, CarGo’s demeanor changed when he was asked about the story. At one point, Colorado’s All-Star outfielder simply said the story was not true.

“I got a call this morning from Scott Boras, my agent, asking me about what happened,” Gonzalez told the media inside the Colorado clubhouse on Thursday afternoon. “I was surprised because I didn’t know what was up. I guess there was a story in the newspaper saying that I want out. I don’t know when that happened. Maybe I was asleep. Obviously it didn’t happen.”

Gonzalez said he isn’t focused on getting to a better team but rather becoming a better player.

“For me, I don’t think I’m in that position to go out and talk to, whoever, the owner and the GM and say I want out,” CarGo said. “I guess the right thing to do is just to walk in and say I should play better, of course. If I want to win, we have to play better as a team. I’m just here to be the best player I can be for my team. Everybody knows that from me. I’m a guy who shows up every day and try to be the best player I can be to help my team and help my club and my teammates. Everything that was out there, I still don’t know everything yet but I guess it is what it is. It’s not true.”

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Colorado manager Walt Weiss said he’d heard nothing of a supposed demand from CarGo until shortly before meeting with the media.

“I didn’t know anything about it until I was informed about it about 20 minutes ago through our PR staff,” Weiss said. “I have no idea. I don’t even think it actually ever happened. I think it was fabricated.”

The 30-year-old Gonzalez, who was traded along with Huston Street and Greg Smith to the Rockies following the 2008 season for Matt Holliday, vehemently denied any truth in the article.

“Nothing is true because obviously I haven’t talked to anybody,” Gonzalez said. “I haven’t said that to anybody. Not even my wife, my kids, my mom. Whenever I get home, I’m frustrated because maybe I didn’t do well or we didn’t win the game but I never complain about I want to go somewhere else. When things get complicated, it’s easy to make comments. For me, I’m a guy who is thankful for all of the opportunities I have to play in this organization and as long as I’m continuing to do my dream, which is playing in Major League Baseball, is a bonus.”

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One of the foundations of the article was that Carlos Gonzalez didn’t believe the Rockies could win and was frustrated by that. Gonzalez was asked if he thought the Rockies could win soon. He didn’t take long to answer.

“Of course. Who says it’s not possible? I have some great players around me. We have All-Stars. We have Gold Glovers,” Gonzalez said. “We have guys who are young and continue to make strides like Trevor Story, Jon Gray, young guys who we all hope can take that next step. Why not?

“I want to be that guy who’s been here for a lot of tough situations. I want to be here when that happens. That’s not really something I think about because I can’t control that. It’s out of my hands. The one thing I am trying to do is play the game the right way and make my teammates better and enjoy.

Next: CarGo Talks About Participating in the Home Run Derby

“The one thing I care about is be good, be healthy, and be a good teammate and play hard and continue to make this team better.”

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