The Colorado Rockies will find themselves in a familiar spot going into the All-Star break. Under .500. But after the break, the Rockies need to foray into unaccustomed waters and become sellers. The consistently conservative approach of the front office usually just relies on a "we'll get 'em next year" mentality as the deadline approaches, but this year is different. This year, owner Dick Monfort and GM Dan O'Dowd can be sellers AND get 'em next year. Sound good?
The biggest trade asset the Rockies have this year is injured. Michael Cuddyer is the easiest player on the roster to trade, but seeing as he'll be out until at least mid-August, count him out. Besides, Cuddy should've been traded last year when his value was sky high. That being said, the Blake Street Bombers still have a few movable veterans that should be traded this month. Particulars to come tomorrow. The market for these guys is there, whether or not Rox brass pulls the trigger is the question. Sure, the guys they'll trade are solid contributors and good teammates, but the potential moves could result in something special.
We saw the potential of this team early in the season before the injuries started to pile up, and that is precisely why the club needs to become sellers this go round. The guys being moved aren't really pieces that you can win with in the future, but the prospects they could get back may be. The core of Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu and Justin Morneau, and anchored by Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez will put up enough offense to win games for years to come. All but Troy and Morneau will be still be under 30 starting next season. And with that future run support, imagine a starting rotation chosen from Jhoulys Chacin, Brett Anderson, Tyler Chatwood, Jordan Lyles, Jon Gray and Eddie Butler — the oldest of which is 27 next year – pitching with big leads. And all that next season. Yes, please.
Selling this season would be a great way to stack the minors with talented guys waiting to get to the Bigs while the team listed above does some serious damage in 2015. If this strategy sounds familiar – plus prospects waiting behind plus big-leaguers — it is. That's how the St. Louis Cardinals go about things and they've been pretty good, right? The Rockies will never be big spenders nor have they shown the best eye for drafting talent, but copying the ways of a champion will always work.
The Rockies are in all likelihood done for this season, but selling at the deadline this year means they could become legitimate contenders next year. And the year after. And the year after.
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