In a perfect world, each of the league’s general managers could have the luxury of building around two perennial All-Star and Most Valuable Player candidates. Jeff Bridich does, but one reigns supreme.
Rockies fans have been lucky.
Todd Helton and Troy Tulowitzki made up most of my early years watching the club. Now, it’s only Nolan Arenado And Trevor Story.
All four players showcase elite talent – the latter two are still rolling.
Due to recent turmoil organizationally, the Rockies could bid adieu to Arenado in the coming months. An offseason trade seems more likely than ever before, though mending fences would be the best option.
As shown in the Tulowitzki trade, as well as several other trades of superstar players (ahem, Mookie Betts), getting fair value for a player is hard. Garnering a package of players who will actually make a difference is even harder.
Trade rumors aside, the Rockies have the best infield, at least on the left side, of any club in the league. Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado are on the rise. Javy Baez and Kris Bryant also represent an elite tandem.
For my money, Story and Arenado are the best combination of fielding, hitting, and consistency of the bunch.
Of the two, given his all-around game, the choice is simple to me.