Let’s make one thing perfectly clear: There is no way that the Colorado Rockies are going to make a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
If you wear a blue cap with LA on it, take that thought out of your mind. Dodgers fans, any hope you have of seeing Trevor Story, Jon Gray, or any other member of the Rockies in your dugout as July comes to a close, you can go ahead and focus on other rumors or ideas that involve other teams outside your division.
Here’s why the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t going to be trade partners at the MLB trade deadline
Rockies interim general manager Bill Schmidt told The Denver Post last week that his franchise shouldn’t be viewed as “a farm system for other people.” The last thing the man who hopes to ascend to the full-time GM job wants to do is to have Colorado viewed as a farm system for the Dodgers, a team the Rockies have been chasing in the National League West ever since they came into existence.
Sure, ESPN’s Jeff Passan and USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale predicted to The Denver Post that Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray would end up in a Dodgers uniform by the July 30 trade deadline. However, in this instance, I’ll take Schmidt’s thoughts and firm words over those prognostications any day of the week.
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Of course, Gray would be a good addition for a Dodgers team that could use some starting pitching depth. But Gray has also said he “absolutely” would love to stay in Denver. If Gray wants to stay and a deal can’t be worked out to keep him in purple pinstripes, the last thing Schmidt or any other person affiliated with the Rockies would want to see is a pitcher who keeps climbing in the franchise’s record books having the chance to beat his former team over and over and over again.
Yes, Gray may be dealt. Yes, Story could be in his last few games in a Rockies uniform, along with C.J. Cron and Mychal Givens. But keep this quote from Schmidt from The Denver Post article linked above in mind any time the words “Rockies” and “trade” are used together:
"“It will come down to this: If we are offered something in a trade, is it good for the Rockies? If an offer is made, we will evaluate it and see if it makes sense. But we are not forced to do anything.”"
As a franchise, would it be good for the Rockies to trade a player to the Dodgers? For Colorado, a team still looking to win its first-ever NL West title and one that is 9-30 against the Dodgers over the last three seasons, the answer under the vast majority of circumstances is a resounding no.