Surprisingly, Gonzalez is playing well enough to doubt all the naysayers during the offseason. Many fans were against the idea of Gonzalez returning. However, he has done his part concerning his contract. However, Gonzalez is 32 years old and seemingly on the last leg of his contract. The Rockies are not in contention currently, so holding onto “CarGo” seems silly. Even for sentimental value.
Many times before the team has had the opportunity to pull the trigger on a trade. Moving toward a more youthful future now might be the time to get a deal done.
Conversely, despite the respectable average and production from Parra, he has struggled to stay healthy during his Rockies tenure. When Parra is healthy, he is fantastic. Also, last season in 115 games, Parra finished with a line of .309/.341/.452 with 10 HR and 71 RBI. It, however, is the outlier.
Similar to Gonzalez, it is time to find a partner for Parra. For the first time in the last three seasons for the club, Parra has been incredibly consistent and staying healthy (knock on wood). It would be, for this reason, an excellent time to dump him.
Parra is nearly the same age as Gonzalez and finds the young buck Noel Cuevas on his heels. Cuevas is still getting his feet wet at the major league level. However, Cuevas has seen himself as the catalyst for some big hits for the rookie and can carry his own. Its time the Rockies decided to find out.