As the calendar turns to the month of July, it will end up being the most important month of, perhaps, the most important year in the history of the Colorado Rockies.
There are five things that must happen for the Colorado Rockies in the month of July.
1) The Colorado Rockies must communicate a plan with the fans
The Colorado Rockies have yet to communicate a plan with their fans and as a result, the team has been in limbo and they will remain in limbo until they communicate a plan with Colorado Rockies fans.
The limbo will also stick around as long as they don’t name a permanent general manager.
But, more specifically, no more of this “exceptionally talented team” stuff. They aren’t. Don’t believe it? The win-loss record doesn’t lie. They aren’t a good team and they aren’t a playoff team. It’s that simple.
It’s time to turn the page on this and tell fans that the team is in a rebuild.
The Rockies message to fans will be difficult and the next steps will make it even more difficult to accept but they must happen.
2) The Rockies must trade C.J. Cron
Colorado Rockies first baseman C.J. Cron is another player that needs to be traded.
There are a lot of teams that are in need of a cheap, veteran upgrade at first baseman, including a lot of mid-market teams.
The Rockies also have some options to replace Cron at first base at least in the interim, including Joshua Fuentes, Ryan McMahon (unlikely), Colton Welker (when he returns from the restricted list), Connor Joe, Rio Ruiz, Greg Bird, and Nick Longhi that could play first base for the rest of the season.
Also, the Rockies could look to acquire a first baseman in return for the trades they make.
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3) The Colorado Rockies must trade Trevor Story
The Colorado Rockies must admit that they are in a rebuild. The Rockies have plenty of players that could be their shortstop of the future in the majors or in the minor leagues right now and the Rockies don’t have the finances to extend Story.
So that’s why they need to trade him ASAP. Frankly, trading his ASAP is still too late because with each passing day, the number of games that the acquiring team would get from him drops.
However, the Rockies need to get the best return possible. None of this “Story to Team X for cash and a player to be named later” stuff. Since they have been dragging their feet on trading him, the chance of getting higher-end prospects is also dwindling, which is why it’s crucial that they trade them ASAP.
4) The Rockies must trade Mychal Givens
It’s not Jon Gray that *must* be traded (but the Rockies definitely need to listen to offers on him but of all of their impending free agents, Gray is probably the best and easiest case to make for an extension). It is Mychal Givens that needs to be traded.
The Rockies are hoping to send him out on a minor league rehab assignment soon but Givens has to show that he’s healthy before he is traded.
If he does that, there are tons of teams looking for veteran bullpen arms so the Rockies could definitely pull off a trade but, also, the Rockies have to trade Givens to give some chances to the Rockies young relievers. It may not be pretty at some points but the Rockies need to find out what they have and whether or not the young relievers will be relievers of the future or if the Rockies need to cut them loose.
5) The Rockies must put on a show for the All-Star Game and other festivities
This will be crucial for Colorado Rockies fans and the rest of the baseball world.
It will show the baseball world that Coors Field is one of the best stadiums in all of baseball but it will show that Denver is one of the best cities to have an MLB team and one of the best cities in the entire country.
But, also, it will end up serving as one of the last good moments for Rockies fans regarding this 2021 Rockies team.