There are a few problems with Bowden’s proposal, particularly for the Rockies.
First off, the Rockies would be able to get more if they traded the three players separately. Essentially, this would be a good deal if the Rockies traded Marquez or Story and Bard together, but not all three.
Obviously, it’s not the be-all, end-all but even Baseball Trade Values thinks that the return isn’t enough to even net Marquez, let alone Story and Bard.
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Another problem with the proposal is that Loaisiga and Andujar have extensive injury histories. With playing at altitude, why would the Rockies want to take on two injury-prone players at sea level when they are likely to have even more injuries at elevation (and going from elevation to sea-level and back to elevation). The Rockies already have a lot of players that have had multiple injuries in recent years (Scott Oberg, Jon Gray, David Dahl, Brendan Rodgers, etc.). Why would they want two more?
So for a trade to actually happen, one of three things would have to happen.
- The Rockies don’t include one or two of the three players mentioned
- The Yankees give the Rockies more MLB players, prospects, and/or swap out the injury-prone guys.
- The Yankees give the Rockies a lot of money on top of paying all of the trio’s salary.
One of those three happening wouldn’t make the Rockies hang up the phone but if the deal is as-is, the Rockies would look like they are on the losing end of another deal trading away franchise cornerstones … and trading Arenado, Story, Marquez, and Bard all in a matter of two months would be the dagger in the heart for a lot of Rockies fans that would never return to Coors Field or watch or listen to a game ever again.