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Now that we’ve gone through this exercise, let me say this. The Rockies will not trade for Betts.
It’s really as simple as that.
Considering how much they’d have to give up for one year of Betts as well as take on upwards of $27 million in 2020 when they already flat-out said that they would not be making any “big splashes” this offseason because they do not have much financial wiggle room, it will not happen unless the Red Sox are a) desperate to get rid of Betts and b) their asking price is way lower.
In other words, Betts would have to fall into the Rockies lap.
Also, even if the Rockies did acquire him, he is not a pitcher. That’s the main reason why the Rockies lost 20 more games in 2019 than they did in 2018. Betts would obviously lengthen the Rockies lineup but you cannot win 90 games or more with a team that allows six runs a game.
If Betts were to agree to an extension after being traded (e.g. Paul Goldschmidt when he was traded to the Cardinals), then this would be a different story. However, the bottom line is that the Rockies, if they make any big trades (which I do not see whatsoever), it should be for a top-flight starting pitcher or a back-end reliever.