This could well be the prized midseason grab for the Rockies if they can make it happen. We have talked about Abreu and what he could bring to Colorado at first base quite a bit, including this article. There are several big reasons why he is on the target list and one of the biggest is the well-documented lack of production the Rockies have received from Ian Desmond, Ryan McMahon and Pat Valaika at first this season.
The 31-year-old native of Cuba has put together a .304/.372/.530 slash line this year for the Chicago White Sox in 168 at-bats spanning 43 games. The OPS of .902 and OPS+ of 147 is mouth-watering to Rockies fans compared to the current possibilities at first on the Colorado roster.
Heyman lists the Rockies as the best bet to land Abreu, with the New York Mets and Yankees expected to vie for his services as well. He also issues a warning that the White Sox would have to be “blown away to deal him.” The SouthSiders know they have a prized trade chip in Abreu and will likely be asking for a lot to deal him. Will the Rockies be willing to deal some of their top prospects in order to get him?
We say yes, yes they would. Colorado general manager Jeff Bridich knows there is a deficiency on the team at first base and knows the Rockies have a legitimate chance to win the division this season if they can plug that hole. Bringing Abreu to Denver is a likely scenario to happen, in our opinion.