Colorado Rockies: Looking at 3 possible defensive lineups
By JD Jensen
Desmond plays left field, Parra plays right, Story and Valaika split time and Carlos Gonzalez will be used as trade bait.
It’s time to face the facts: Carlos Gonzalez hasn’t really helped the Rockies win games this season. In fact, CarGo is one of the only players who was really good in the past Rockies’ teams. In other words, he had his time of dominance, sharing time with Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton. Those days are over. Moving him would at last indicate the new philosophy of the Colorado Rockies organization. Plus, Parra is not playing too much worse, and CarGo has significantly more value to other teams, based on his past play. There is a good possibility the Rockies could attain some pretty good assets for CarGo. I would suggest a starting pitcher to be in the rotation at least until Jon Gray returns.
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In addition, Story and Valaika split time in this scenario, until one of them shines above the other. It would likely be Story, but you never know. I did this because this particular scenario would show that the Rockies are making a push for the playoffs right now, but Colorado can sacrifice a couple of games if it means finding its long-term starters.
The downside would be, obviously, getting rid of Gonzalez. At this point, despite his value to the team decreasing, CarGo has become an icon in Colorado sports. He is the last player still on the team from the Tulo-Helton era. Much like Von Miller or Danilo Gallinari with their respective Denver teams, Gonzalez is regarded as the most popular figure in the Rockies organization. In addition, we would sacrifice games when deciding who should be the starting shortstop. Who knows, that could be just enough to disqualify this team from the playoffs. We have had too good of a season to waste it.