2017 salary: $20,428,571
Contract status: Unrestricted free agent in 2018
Here is perhaps the biggest question enveloping the Rockies right now: What do you do with Carlos Gonzalez?
His struggles have been well documented. We won’t go into them here. Everyone from the front office to the Rockpile knows that someone isn’t right with CarGo this season.
The Rockies are paying CarGo a lot of money this season and they are in no rush to hand him a contract for 2018 or beyond. They’re sitting back to see what will happen right after the All-Star break. Will the 31-year-old left-handed-hitting CarGo rediscover his swing or will he continue to be mired in the funk that has haunted him all season?
Trade potential: Gonzalez has made it clear that he wants to be a part of this Rockies team throughout the rest of the season. His time playing on some not-so-great Colorado squads has earned him a pass in many regards. Nolan Arenado and others have said how much they like having CarGo as a teammate. Those two things could be big factors come the end of this month.
Additionally, will another team want to take a chance on CarGo breaking out of his slump with them? It’s unlikely. His trade value has plummeted, meaning that we’ll likely see CarGo stay as a member of the Rockies and be a bat off the bench as the season wears along.