It makes trade options less viable
With the Marlins getting so much from the Brewers for Yelich, it obviously takes one player off the board that the Rockies could have traded for but it also makes options for trades less viable. The Rockies obviously didn’t want to give up three of their top ten prospects for Yelich and, personally, I can understand why. However, for other outfield options on the trade market, like for Avisail Garcia of the Chicago White Sox, it could raise the trade value for them.
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However, it does open a different avenue for the Rockies
Even though the trade market and free agent market could help revitalize the “market values” for players on the free agent market and for teams looking to trade players, the Rockies still could pull off a trade with the Brewers, if they really do believe that they want Ian Desmond at first base and somebody else in left field.
With the Brewers acquiring Yelich and signing Cain, they have a very good outfield. However, it is overcrowded. Along with Yelich and Cain (assuming that he passes his physical), the Brewers have Ryan Braun and Domingo Santana as outfielders. Santana hit .278/.371/.505 last season with 30 home runs and 85 RBI. In fact, he was just named eighth on MLB Network’s list of the top ten right fielders right now (you can check out their listings thus far here). With that, I don’t think that they should trade Santana (although there have been rumors that they are shopping Santana and outfielder Brett Phillips. They could also potentially get something for outfielder Keon Broxton.