Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich was on MLB Network about half an hour ago and among other things, he discussed the chances of trading away Trevor Story for pitching.
MLB Network’s Chris Rose, Cliff Floyd, and Tom Verducci interviewed Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich just after 1 PM MT at the Winter Meetings in San Diego on Monday (the first day of the Winter Meetings) and they discussed a number of different things in the nearly 10-minute long interview.
Among questions on Larry Walker‘s Hall of Fame candidacy, what went wrong in 2019 for the Rockies, and other questions, Rose asked Bridich on whether or not he would consider trading Trevor Story, or some other big offensive pieces like Nolan Arenado or Charlie Blackmon, for starting pitching.
Here’s what Bridich had to say on how the conversations usually go for trading the big name players.
"“This is the time of the year where you have all those sorts of conversations,” said Bridich, “and teams inquire on your guys and ‘hey, would you even think about [trading] that guy?’ That’s usually how it goes for us when you’re talking about this ilk of [a] player. ‘Would you even consider moving a guy like that?’ and ‘If you ever do consider moving a guy like that, make sure that we’re a part of the conversation.” That’s how this goes.”"
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But would he actually consider trading one of them for pitching? Bridich said that “[i]t would be tough [to consider trading one of them].”
"“We feel like…last year, we had expectations to be back in the postseason,” said Bridich, “and we still feel like we have this group that can [make the postseason]. Do we need to add [to the group] a little bit? Yeah, but it would take an awful lot to move on fully from this group.”“But…we recognize that we always need to bring pitchers into the fold and it’s something that is constant and continual for us. Whether it’s younger guys, whether it’s going out like the past few [offseasons to sign veteran free agents], we always have to look at [pitching] so I’m not sure if trading one of those studs is the right way to do that for us right now…”"
In other words, Bridich and the Rockies believe that the Rockies are a playoff contending team as they currently are made up so trading away one of their best offensive players to get pitching is not the best way. Therefore, they need to acquire more pitching via trade a different way or sign free agents.
What the Rockies will be able to do to “add [to the group] a little bit” is a different question and how they will be able to do it is something that we will see over the offseason.