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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NAGOYA, JAPAN – NOVEMBER 14: Infielder Carlos Santana #41 of the Philadelhia Phillies hits a double in the top of 8th inning during the game five between Japan and MLB All Stars at Nagoya Dome on November 14, 2018 in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
NAGOYA, JAPAN – NOVEMBER 14: Infielder Carlos Santana #41 of the Philadelhia Phillies hits a double in the top of 8th inning during the game five between Japan and MLB All Stars at Nagoya Dome on November 14, 2018 in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images) /

The Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies were very good for much of the 2018 season as they were 72-62 entering the month of September, only 2 games back of the eventual NL East champion Atlanta Braves. However, they faded in September as they finished the season with an 80-82 record.

They had a breakout season from Aaron Nola, who was a finalist in the NL Cy Young Award voting this past season and they also had Jake Arrieta, who had a good season. Their main issue is their offense. Obviously, Jon Gray would not help them there but he would provide them with some depth in their rotation which, after Nola and Arrieta, doesn’t have much.

However, they are looking to move their left fielder Rhys Hoskins, their best bat, back to first base. To do that, they need to get rid of one of their best offensive players.

That would be first baseman Carlos Santana. Last year, in 161 games, he hit 24 home runs, 86 RBI, a .229/.352/.414 slash line, and an OPS+ of 105. The reason why his on-base percentage is so high is that he always has walked a ton. He has walked at least 88 times in every full season in his MLB career. Last year, he walked 110 times compared to striking out 93.

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