Colorado Rockies: 15 players to protect in a hypothetical expansion draft

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 16: Ryan McMahon #24 and Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies smile after a 3-0 win over the Miami Marlins at Coors Field on August 16, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 16: Ryan McMahon #24 and Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies smile after a 3-0 win over the Miami Marlins at Coors Field on August 16, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – MAY 17: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies talks to Brendan Rodgers #7 in the bottom of the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on May 17, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Rockies 5-4. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – MAY 17: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies talks to Brendan Rodgers #7 in the bottom of the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on May 17, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Rockies 5-4. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The infield has some guys that the Colorado Rockies would want to protect.

1. Trevor Story

Story is a young player who is fairly inexpensive and he’s arguably the best shortstop in all of baseball. MLB Network’s The Shredder had him at the top of their list for the “Top 10 Shortstops Right Now” entering 2020.

Need I say more?

2. Brendan Rodgers

He’s the Rockies top prospect and he should be healthy in 2020 since Bud Black exclusively told us a few days ago that he is “ready to go” after recovering from injuries.

In the case the Rockies were to lose Story or Nolan Arenado free agency or via trade in the next few seasons, Rodgers will have a more defined spot in the infield.

3. Ryan McMahon

The Rockies are really high on McMahon and it’s easy to see why. He’s a likable, grounded guy  who is one of the biggest presences in the Rockies clubhouse with a great swing and he’s versatile.

Arenado leaves? He can play third. Daniel Murphy leaves after 2020? He can play first and Rodgers can play second. Or he can continue to play second base every day.

If he develops into the player the Rockies have seen glimpses of and believe he can be, he’ll be an All-Star a decent amount of times in his career and the Rockies still have four years of control before he becomes a free agent.

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