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Corey Dickerson is Making Carlos Gonzalez Expendable

August 12th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

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Corey Dickerson played in game number 162 in his major league career for the Colorado Rockies, and if he's proved one thing, it's that he can flat out play. His play has been at such a high level, in fact, that he has made star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez largely redundant. If the Rockies decide to move CarGo this offseason, they'll be just fine out in the wide open spaces of Coors Field's outfield.

Carlos Gonzalez will always produce. If he's healthy that is. And the more seasons get added to the odometer, the bigger the if becomes. Add to that the struggles CarGo has gone through this year — .238, 11 HR, 38 RBI, 70 K in 70 games — and the New York Mets interest in trading for the Venezuelan slugger, and his time in purple and black may be limited.

Fret not Rockies fans. For if CarGo is sent packing this winter, the outfield will be in good hands. Charlie Blackmon is an all-star, Drew Stubbs is a solid two-way center fielder, Brandon Barnes is a tremendous pinch-hitter and the Rox do have the choice of bringing back Michael Cuddyer. But it will be Corey Dickerson that will pick up the most slack if a trade happens.

Corey, because of injuries and his play, has gotten steady playing time this year. In his 92 games this year, he is hitting .318 with 15 HR and 49 RBI, not to mention the game-winning home run in Sunday's game against Arizona. If you project his numbers over a full season of starting, he could put up around 25 HR and 85-100 RBI. Sound good?

Dickerson has wedged himself into consistent playing time moving forward. That wedging, however, means a move needs to be made. Having six outfielders on the 25-man roster is crazy, so at least one needs to be sent out. The Rockies could choose to let Cuddyer walk in free agency and maybe get a compensatory pick, trade Stubbs or Barnes who both garnered interest at the trade deadline, or move the big guy, Carlos Gonzalez. CarGo would bring the biggest return, make the biggest splash, and probably help the team the most.

With his injuries and the rise of Corey Dickerson, Carlos Gonzalez has become an expendable commodity in the Colorado Rockies outfield.

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