The Rockies aren’t trading away Jon Gray. I don’t know how much more clearly that needs to be stated.
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With a Colorado rotation in desperate need of not only bodies but actual good pitchers, it would make little to no sense for the Rockies to trade off their former first-round pick who was arguably the most consistent starter for them last year.
The just-turned-28-year-old right-hander isn’t going to be a free agent until 2022. He’s coming off a season where he posted a 2.10 ERA in games he won (11 of them). It was also a campaign where he proved the hard work he put in during the offseason paid off in a big way.
Sure, last offseason we traded Gray away to the Tampa Bay Rays for C.J. Cron. But that was during a time when it seemed Gray might need a reboot with a change of scenery. Instead, he found it inside a gym and on the mound for the Rockies.
That was then. This is now … and the near-future Rockies absolutely need Jon Gray on the mound.