MLB Network insider Jon Morosi was on MLB Central on Tuesday morning and the first thing that he discussed was what path the Colorado Rockies could go down at the trade deadline.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network and MLB.com was on MLB Network’s morning show, MLB Central, on Tuesday morning and among other topics, he discussed the different paths the Colorado Rockies could go at the trade deadline.
He talked, in particular, about what the Rockies could do if they decide not to buy at the trade deadline. He said that, similar to what he said in this tweet, that Jon Gray and Scott Oberg are not on the trade market, at least not yet.
On TV, he also mentioned that Carlos Estevez, who has pitched pretty well for the Rockies this season (3.89 ERA in 44 games), also falls in this category.
However, if the Rockies continue to play like they have been (losses in 9 of their last 11 games and 10 losses in the past 14 games), they could end up being sellers but, as Morosi said on MLB Central, the Rockies are “not there yet.”
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For Iannetta, I think that he is the most likely to be traded as he is only guaranteed a contract through the end of the season and he has a $4.25 million team option for next year. Also, there is a bit of shortage of good catchers in the league.
Considering that Murphy was just signed last offseason and is still owed at least $14 million (and up to $20 million) between 2020 and 2021, depending on if the mutual option is exercised, I don’t think that he will be traded. However, if the Rockies get an offer that blows them away, he could be moved.
Even though he has been much better this year, Ian Desmond is still owed at least $25 million (and up to $38 million) in 2020, 2021, and 2022 (team option). Again, somebody could, in Morosi’s words, “overwhelm” the Rockies but, in reality, I think that the acquiring team would want the Rockies to cover at least some of his contract.
It’s a position that the Rockies hoped that they wouldn’t be in at this point but in their current situation, they have to consider all of their options, even if it’s selling off some players to retool for the near future