Colorado Rockies: Should they trade Charlie Blackmon to Texas?
By James LaGrow
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The second piece I would require in any Blackmon deal would include Ranger corner infielder/outfielder Joey Gallo, their 2017 multi-position star.
Gallo would become the primary first baseman for Colorado in 2018, providing insurance for Colorado, by moving to third base in 2020 if Colorado is unable to resign Nolan Arenado long term. In 2017, Gallo provided the Rangers solid defense, big power, and a solid on base percentage.
In 2017, Major League Baseball saw a massive increase in strikeouts which Gallo contributed 195 of them. However, he also provided 41 of the leagues record breaking 6,105 long balls.
The power is real, the glove is solid, and the patience (75 walks) will overcome the lower batting average (.209) and the strikeout totals (196) which will naturally improve with major league experience.
With Gallo and Claudio, they could provide to the back-end of the bullpen and middle of the lineup for years to come.
The Rockies would add to their post season hopes and provide the city of Denver a young and exciting nucleus worth building around.
With Gallo, Arenado, Story, and Desmond manning the middle of the order – Colorado could recreate the Blake Street Bombers, and club a franchise record 250+ home runs.
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Armed with a lethal lineup, a power bullpen, and a growing, budding starting rotation – the trade of Blackmon, and the acquisitions future stars Claudio and Gallo, the Rockies could be great for years to come.