However, with Desmond, if he were to even be in a deal, the Rockies would have to include some prospects. They would probably have to include three or four of them since the Marlins, if they were to take on all of Desmond’s contract. In addition, they’d be giving up Yelich, who is a very good talent and a team friendly contract through 2021 (and a team option for $15 million in 2022).
Two of them would probably have to be in the Rockies top ten prospects and, perhaps, two of the top five. According to Peter Gammons of The Athletic and MLB Network, the Marlins asked the Braves for prospect Ronald Acuna (h/t CBS Sports), who MLB.com ranked as the sixth best prospect in all of baseball. The man right behind him at number seven is Rockies prospect Brendan Rodgers so the Marlins will probably ask for him, but that doesn’t mean the Marlins would get Rodgers.
Do the Rockies need Christian Yelich?
There isn’t a definite yes or no on with this question. If the Rockies were to go through with a this trade scenario, it does open a door: the possibility of signing a free agent for 1st base or even going after another pitcher, whether that being a starter or reliever.
With Yelich, you’ll be getting solid hitting. He’s more of a contact guy than a power threat. He put up 170 hits last season along with 81 RBIs in over 600 plate appearances. The altitude in Colorado may help with bringing up his stats. Along with that Yelich would fit right in with the young core that the Rockies have going as he just turned 26 in December.