Colorado Rockies rumors: The trade value of every Rockies outfielder
By Kevin Henry
2017 salary: $7.3 million
Contract status: Eligible for arbitration in 2018, unrestricted free agent in 2019
Other than Carlos Gonzalez, has there been anyone who has been linked to more trade rumors over the last couple of seasons than Charlie Blackmon? It seems like every time we turn around, we hear about Blackmon going here or there. None of those have materialized … yet.
Blackmon has endeared himself to the Rockies fan base in so many ways. His look. His walkup song. His ability to start the game with a home run. There is a lot to love about Blackmon, including the All-Star-caliber stats he has put up this season.
However, the Rockies will soon be at a crossroads with Chuck Nazty. His contract numbers will go up significantly next year and, if they don’t sign him to a long-term contract, we’ll be hearing the same rumors about Blackmon being traded next season as we have the last couple of campaigns.
Now 31, how long will the Rockies want to keep Blackmon as one of the faces of their franchise? Tapia has shown he can provide speed and production at the top of the order. He can also play center field. Is that a thought that could play a role leading up to the deadline?
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Trade potential: If (and that’s a huge if) the Rockies were to move Blackmon, they would be asking for a ton in return. The deal could not only net the Rockies some arms but also some prospects as well. Is that tempting enough to Colorado management? Most likely, no … at least not now.