Dec. 08, 2016
Rockies Sign Ian Desmond, Must Now Trade Charlie Blackmon or Carlos Gonzalez
Unless a major defensive shift takes places for the Colorado Rockies it looks like their first big transaction of the offseason will lead to at least one more move. Colorado signed free agent Ian Desmond in a transaction I don't think anyone figured was a fit. Outfielders are the last thing the Rockies need. The same is true of middle infielders. Yet, Colorado still went out of their way to pay big bucks to Desmond who plays at both spots.
This could possibly mean the Rockies have a trade brewing with Charlie Blackmon or Carlos Gonzalez. Each has been on the trade block since last offseason with multiple teams eyeing them up. Now, more than ever, a reason to trade one presents itself as the outfield just increased from four starters to five.
One possibility, still, is to see someone shift to first base. Gerardo Parra looked the most likely, but the Rockies are probably more inclined to use him as their fourth outfielder as he failed to produce for them last season at the plate. Many trade scenarios involving Gonzalez and/or Blackmon are still in existence as teams like the Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, and Baltimore Orioles remain in the mix for a new outfielder. Blackmon is easily the more well-rounded guy with the cheaper contract attached to him which has me figuring he’s the one they can move. The Cardinals, and their abundance of pitching, look like the best match of all.
In the meantime, the Rockies' depth chart is overflowing. I'm already clueless how they'll use their top prospect Brendan Rogers. They're also still minus a solid first baseman too. The Rockies can go in several directions.
How or if they trade Blackmon or Gonzalez will hopefully give a slightly better idea of what their plans actually could be. Ready to pay Desmond $22 million in 2017, I’m wondering if they have a lot more in store this winter.