Colorado Rockies: Let’s stop with the Paul Goldschmidt rumors
By Kevin Henry
What if the Colorado Rockies could make a move that would not only boost them at a position where they need help but also eliminate one of the players who seems to be a “Rockies killer” every season? Wouldn’t that be great? Well, don’t count on it.
That would be the case if the Colorado Rockies were to pull a trade for Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. This Sports Illustrated article recently listed the Rockies as one of the “best fits” for Goldschmidt (along with the New York Yankees, Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies) if the Diamondbacks were to actually trade the six-time All-Star first baseman. Sure, it’s a long shot (especially knowing the two teams are division rivals) … but how much of a long shot would it be? We’re guessing it would be about as much of a long shot as you could imagine.
Here are the facts: The 31-year-old Goldschmidt has one year left on his current contract and is due $14.5 million this season before becoming an unrestricted free agent prior to the 2020 campaign. The SI article lists the probability of Goldschmidt being moved as “medium” but it has been noted that the Diamondbacks are open to listening to offers.
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Would Colorado be willing to send some of its top prospects to a division rival for what could essentially be a one-year rental? It goes against everything that Colorado general manager Jeff Bridich has done during his tenure running the club. If the Rockies don’t seem to be one of the front-runners to land Miami catcher J.T. Realmuto through a trade, it’s very unlikely Colorado would deal with its National League West foe for what could be a one-year return.
It’s likely just a pipe dream and nothing more that the Rockies would be able to land Goldschmidt on many levels. Of course, the Diamondbacks would have to trade their first baseman and that might likely signal at least a partial rebuild for the team that knocked Colorado out of the postseason in 2017. And Colorado would have to give some of its “players of the future” to a team with which they share a spring training facility and see multiple times during the regular season.
Sure, Colorado would be a “best fit” for any first baseman with Ian Desmond potentially moving to the outfield this season and the Rockies seemingly undecided on handing first base over to Ryan McMahon. However, the Rockies making a move like this would be shocking on a number of levels.
Simply put, Colorado will likely look to keep its younger players and look for bargains in the offseason. It’s a formula that has worked well for the last couple of seasons and could be the thought pattern heading into the final guaranteed season of having Nolan Arenado at third base.