This morning on MLB Network’s morning show, MLB Central, Mark DeRosa proposed two blockbuster trades that he would like to see and one of them involved the Colorado Rockies.
With the trade deadline being 27 hours from now, all 30 MLB general managers are talking with each other about possible trades. One GM that was hoping to buy but may actually be selling is Rockies GM Jeff Bridich.
On MLB Central, Mark DeRosa proposed a trade in which Bridich would be trading two of the Rockies most consistent players this season to the NL East’s first place team: the Atlanta Braves.
This is what the trade would look like:
For Charlie Blackmon, he would be returning home as he went to high school 35 miles away from SunTrust Park and went to college at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. The main problems with trading him would be that he was just extended so it would be a lot of money and his 15-team no-trade clause. Whether the Braves are among those 15 teams or not is unknown.
With at least some of his contract on the move, the Rockies would save some money for later. It could be for an extension of Trevor Story, free agents, or even assuming money in another trade.
Scott Oberg would provide the Braves with a reliable bullpen arm for years to come. The Braves bullpen ERA is currently 8th in baseball at 3.99 but many of their relievers are in their mid-20s so Oberg, 29, would provide them with more of a veteran presence.
For the Rockies, Ender Inciarte would provide them with a 3-time Gold Glover (2016-18) in center fielder. In his career, he has 87 fDRS. His main issue has been his offense as he has really struggled this season. He is hitting .214/.303/.345 with a 67 OPS+. He won’t hit for much power but prior to 2018, he was a .295 carer hitter so he could see his numbers get better with playing half of his games at Coors Field.
For the two top prospects, DeRosa and Ken Rosenthal say that the Rockies would want two of the Braves top pitching prospects (you can watch the video of the segment below).
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Among the Braves top 10 prospects, six of them are pitchers. Also, the Braves have five prospects that are ranked in MLB.com’s top 100 prospects, including two pitchers.
Anderson, 21, has spent 2019 in Double-A Mississippi for the Braves this year and has pitched to a 7-5 record and a 2.66 ERA. With those numbers, he very well could see time in Triple-A this year. He was drafted 3rd overall out of high school in the June 2016 Draft.
Wright, 23, has spent most of his season in Triple-A Gwinnett where he has posted a 8-4 record with a 4.83 ERA. He made his MLB debut last season and but in the majors this year, he has struggled mightily (9.72 ERA in 4 starts) but being that he’s 23, he still has plenty of time to develop. He also was only drafted out of college two years ago as the 5th overall pick of the June 2017 Draft out of Vanderbilt.
While the move is likely not to happen in the next day, it could be an idea or at least a baseline for a future trade between the two clubs. Let us know what you think of DeRosa’s trade proposal in the comment section or on social media.