Listen to offers but beware of fans’ wrath if they are traded
The final five are players are controversial if the Rockies would decide to part ways. Let’s start with the least controversial of the group: Garrett Hampson.
Hampson will likely receive a lot of interest from around the league as he has a desirable skill set. He can play all over the field, has some sneaky pop, and has great speed. Any contending team would love to have him on their bench especially if a game goes into extra innings and they want to use a pinch runner.
Letting Hampson go would be difficult as he is a homegrown player but, since he has never become an everyday player, it wouldn’t be a difficult decision depending what the Rox would get in return.
Shipping off their best offensive player this season sounds crazy, but if the Rockies are ready to go into full rebuild mode, C.J. Cron could get a lot in return. Cron has been a force in the middle of the Rockies’ lineup and he is under contract for another season which is very attractive to buyers.
The problem is the Rockies had been searching for years to find an everyday first baseman before Cron came along. It will be hard for them to move on from that.
The next two are starting pitchers who have struggled at times but have been outstanding in the past and could thrive with a new organization.
Denver native Kyle Freeland has been with the Rockies his entire career and won’t become a free agent until 2024. He had the spectacular 2017 campaign where he was 17-7 with a 2.85 ERA but since then has struggled to get back to that level of success.
A different club could help him get back to that 2017 form or become a solid #2 in a rotation but there the are a lot of “Kyle Freeland Guys” in Denver who would not be thrilled with GM Bill Schmidt if he moved him.
Coming off an All-Star selection last season, Germán Márquez has been another huge disappointment this season. His 4-6 record with a 5.89 ERA has been difficult to watch. However, when he is on his game, he is still a great starting pitcher and he doesn’t become a free agent until 2024.
The Rox could have gotten a lot more for him had he been traded at the deadline last season but they could still get quite a bit for him now. Again, however, moving a front end starter who has been successful in Denver is a tough pill to swallow.
Last but certainly not least, Charlie Blackmon.
Chuck Nazty is the most beloved player currently in Denver. The 12-year vet (all with Colorado) has been surprisingly good at the ripe age of 36, hitting .267/.318/.469 with 13 HR and 42 RBI.
Blackmon would be a great addition to any team wanting a left-handed bat with a ton of experience that would bring leadership to the clubhouse. The problem is the Rockies wouldn’t receive much in a deal and would likely have to pay a good portion of his contract.
As weird as it would be to see Blackmon in a different uniform, how amazing would it be to see him win a World Series? That might not be enough for fans to get over not being able to sing along to “Your Love” by The Outfield every time he steps up to the plate.