Chicago White Sox – Craig Kimbrel
The Colorado Rockies are in desperate need of a closer and, more particularly, relief help, in general.
Kimbrel would definitely fit that bill and the Chicago White Sox are likely going to pick up his $16 million option and then they hope to trade him.
The problem is that Kimbrel struggled with the White Sox after they acquired him from the Cubs and before the first half of this year, Kimbrel looked like a shell of his former self.
So is that a risk the Rockies would take, when they have already have had their fair share of bullpen woes from expensive veterans in recent years?
Cleveland Guardians – José Ramírez
The Cleveland Guardians should trade their start third baseman, José Ramírez, this offseason.
The team has two very friendly team options on Ramírez before he hits free agency but the team is on its way down.
From 2017 through 2020, he had three, top-three finishes in AL MVP voting and three Silver Slugger Awards. In 2021, he hit 36 homers and 103 RBI with a slash line of .266/.355/.538 and an OPS+ of 141.
The 29-year-old switch-hitting infielder who can play both second and third base would be a huge help for the anemic Rockies offense and defense (10 DRS in 2021).
The problem is that Cleveland, like the Colorado Rockies, often holds on to their players longer than they should and, then, when they trade them (if they trade them), get pennies on the dollar for them.
Well, that’s what Cleveland has done with Corey Kluber, Mike Clevinger, Trevor Bauer, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Carrasco, and many others. All of them were traded one or two years later than they should have, they come close to a deal for them, introduce a “mystery team” that is trying to get the player to raise the asking price from the only team really in negotiations, and then make a deal the next day in a trade that makes fans wonder what made this trade so special.
Does that sound familiar Rockies fans?