Should and could the Colorado Rockies trade Charlie Blackmon?
By Aaron Hurt
The Colorado Rockies are bad. They are so bad that it’s becoming harder and harder to describe just how bad they are. And, honestly, I for one am sick and tired of the subject … and I am sure you are sick of reading them.
With that in mind, we asked our readers on our Twitter page what other topics they would like us to discuss.
With that said, I am going to tackle the extremely important question of who has the most trade value and how will the Rockies replenish their depleted farm system.
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Full disclaimer: This opinion is going to ruffle some feathers but this player has the most depth behind him plus the Rockies could get a lot in return for him.
This offseason, the Rockies should take a serious look at trading Charlie Blackmon. Before I receive some “Nazty” comments (pun intended) or am accused of creating clickbait, I have some reasons for suggesting such a blasphemous idea.
If there is one position that the Rockies actually have some organizational depth, it is the outfield. If Sam Hilliard can continue to show progress this month and if David Dahl can finally avoid the injury bug, these two (along with Raimel Tapia) could be the backbone in the lineup for next handful of seasons. At 33 years old, it could be time be out with the old and in with the new.
Blackmon has become a defensive liability in right field. With -8 Outs Above Average, Blackmon is tied with Ian Desmond for 109th in Major League Baseball among outfielders with 100 or more opportunities. If 27 seasons playing in altitude has taught us anything, it’s that the Rockies can’t give away any outs. There have been rumors that Blackmon might be moved to first base but after three seasons playing with a converted first baseman, one would hope the Rockies have learned their lesson.
So why would any team want to trade for an aging outfielder who is owed $73 million over the next four seasons? A better question might be, what American League team wouldn’t want a perennial All-Star who is a career .305 hitter that can hit 30 homers and drive in 80-plus runs a year as their designated hitter?
The Rockies easily could fetch two or three top prospects in a trade involving Chuck Nazty as long as they would be willing to take on some of his contract. Getting out from under some of his contract would free up some payroll to go after some much needed pitching.
Trading away Blackmon might not be what is best for the fans, but it could greatly benefit the Rockies and quite possibly Chuck Nazty himself. I seriously doubt a move will be made but it is definitely one they need to consider.