Why this Colorado Rockies-New York Yankees trade proposal would never work

Aug 15, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (27) triples in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 15, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (27) triples in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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German Marquez of the Colorado Rockies
DENVER, CO – AUGUST 20: Starting pitcher German Marquez #48 of the Colorado Rockies walks off the field during the second inning against the Houston Astros at Coors Field on August 20, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

Jim Bowden of The Athletic came up with five trades that he would like to see happen before Opening Day and a trade involving the Colorado Rockies and New York Yankees tops the list … but it will never work for the Rockies.

This deal, which is by far the biggest of the five proposals, is something that the Rockies, simply put, would not (or, at least, should not) do with the Yankees. What does the proposal look like? Well, here it is.

There’s a lot to unpack from this monstrosity but let’s start with what the Rockies would be trading.

The Rockies would be trading their best position player, their likely Opening Day starter and ace, and their closer/best reliever in 2020.

Story is the most likely to be traded of the three and, frankly, he will likely be traded some time this year because the Rockies likely won’t be able to extend him long-term.

The possibility of Daniel Bard being traed is not out of the realm of possibility either as he will be 36 in June and by the time the Rockies are going to be a contender, he will be in his late 30s, if not 40s. He can’t become a free agent until after the 2022 season but, again, it’s not egregious to include him.

Marquez is a bit more questionable, though. He has four years of team-friendly control (three guaranteed years and a team option) for $50.4 million, which doesn’t include the incentives for Cy Young award finishes.

For the Rockies, let’s take a look at what they’d get in return.

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