What if the Colorado Rockies are buyers at the trade deadline?

DENVER, CO - JUNE 24: A general view of the Colorado Rockies v the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field on June 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Diamondbacks defeat the Rockies 10-9. (Photo by Bart Young/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 24: A general view of the Colorado Rockies v the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field on June 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Diamondbacks defeat the Rockies 10-9. (Photo by Bart Young/Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 02: Ian Desmond #20 of the Colorado Rockies grounds into fielder’s choice in the eleventh inning against the Chicago Cubs during the National League Wild Card Game at Wrigley Field on October 2, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 02: Ian Desmond #20 of the Colorado Rockies grounds into fielder’s choice in the eleventh inning against the Chicago Cubs during the National League Wild Card Game at Wrigley Field on October 2, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

The outfield

Charlie Blackmon is finally starting to heat up a bit (.406/.457/.844 slash line in his last eight games) and David Dahl is off the injured list but the Rockies outfield is still not great.

The main guy not pulling his weight is Ian Desmond. This is not news to any Rockies fan with eyes as Ian Desmond hasn’t pulled his weight at all in his tenure with the Rockies.

Just look as his numbers in his tenure with the team.

Standard Batting
Year G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2017 95 373 339 47 93 11 1 7 40 15 24 87 .274 .326 .375 .701 72
2018 160 619 555 82 131 21 8 22 88 20 53 146 .236 .307 .422 .729 82
2019 23 87 83 4 15 6 0 1 10 0 3 24 .181 .207 .289 .496 21

That’s not numbers that anyone should be championing as good.

None of the other 29 teams will touch his contract with a 39 1/2 foot pole so the Rockies will have to have him on the team or just release him and eat the contract.

You and I both know that will never happen so the Rockies really just need to bench him and use him as a super utility guy.

The Rockies could find plenty of guys on market to play center field (or any outfield position) for the team. After all, they can’t be as bad as Desmond has been and if they are, I doubt that the Rockies will acquire them because no other team wants to take that problem on.

The Rockies outfield as a whole is 26th in WAR in baseball.

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