Colorado Rockies: Exploring trading away Jon Gray

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 29: Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Washington Nationals int he first inning of a game at Coors Field on September 29, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 29: Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Washington Nationals int he first inning of a game at Coors Field on September 29, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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Could the Colorado Rockies trade for Jose Abreu?
CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 25: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox bats against the Seattle Mariners at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 25, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mariners defeated the Whtie Sox 4-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

The Chicago White Sox

The Chicago White Sox are also another intriguing team in baseball in 2019. In 2018, they lost 100 games but they have been linked to both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the top two free agents on the market this offseason, due to the team not having much payroll on the books this season (about $14 million before any arbitration eligible players receive their salary).

For the White Sox, much of their team wouldn’t be of much help to the Rockies (after all, they did lose 100 games for a reason: the team that they put on the field wasn’t very good) but they do have a few valuable pieces for the Rockies.

They include:

First baseman Jose Abreu2018 was his weakest season but he was on the DL for some of it. He still won a Silver Slugger Award and was an AL All-Star. In 128 games, he hit 22 HRs, 78 RBI, hitting .265/.325/.473 with an OPS+ of 118. In his previous four seasons in the majors, he averaged 154 games, 31 HRs, 102 RBI (he never had a season below 100 RBI), a .301/.359/.524 slash line, and a 142 OPS+. He is projected to make $16 million in arbitration for 2019, his final year before free agency.

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