The MLB trade deadline is this Thursday and the Colorado Rockies should be sellers, but one never really knows what the front office of this franchise is going to do. With that in mind, these are the official Rockies 101 trade deadline predictions.
First off, the big names — Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. With Troy being spotted at a Yankees game and the Rockies misspelling his name on 15,000 jerseys they gave away at Coors Field, it's looking more and more likely that Tulo's days in a Rockies uniform are numbered. The Yankees, Cardinals and Mets could all be strong contenders for the star shortstop, but not in a midseason trade. Tulowitzki will survive the trade deadline and finish out this season with the Rockies. The offseason could be a different story, however. Carlos Gonzalez is also a target of the New York Mets, but is in the same boat as Tulo. He won't be traded at the deadline, but this offseason should be very interesting.
Jorge De La Rosa has been the best pitcher for the Rockies this season and has been brought up in trade talks with the Baltimore Orioles. De La Rosa should be traded this season and re-signed in the winter, but this won't happen. Jorge will stay with the Rockies for this season and beyond. The stubbornness of the front office is why this trade won't happen.
Michael Cuddyer is the reigning NL batting champ and the most tradable asset the Rockies have. Or he was before his shoulder injury however. Since Cuddy wasn't traded last year when he should have been, and he won't come back off the DL until August, the only way he can be traded is through waivers. The Rockies will get nowhere near the value for the right fielder, so he'll stay in Denver until he becomes a free agent after this season.
The Seattle Mariners have officially made a trade offer to the Rockies for outfielder Drew Stubbs according to Nick Groke of the Denver Post. The M's have a few good young pitchers that the Rox definitely need, but still, no deal is likely. Even with three All-Star outfielders and the emergence of Corey Dickerson, the Rockies will hold on to Stubbs. Six outfielders isn't too many is it? Another trade that should happen, but won't.
The only trade that will happen before the deadline that involves the Rockies will be LaTroy Hawkins. Hawk will be traded by Thursday to a team fighting for the playoffs. The Blue Jays make the most sense, but it's the Pittsburgh Pirates that have expressed interest in the venerable reliever.
Check back on Friday for a deadline wrap-up after the smoke clears and check back everyday for breaking news on these or any other Rockies involved in a trade.
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