When the New York Mets visit the Colorado Rockies this week, the general managers should see what perfect trade partners these organizations are.
The New York Mets play the Colorado Rockies this week in Denver. While it’s a chance to see the offense finally open up and score some runs, it’s also an opportunity for the Rockies to open up some talks about a trade.
Everyone knows the torment Rockies pitchers go through. Coors Field is unforgiving. ERAs inflate and Cy Young Award chances disappear. Though some of their pitchers have figured things out in recent years, it’s not a place where pitchers like to go.
Because of this, the Rockies have a tough time putting together a rotation capable of competing. This could change if they do something drastic. You know, like make a trade with the Mets.
I’ve searched through the farm systems in baseball and measured the needs of the competitive teams. The team I see with the best package to offer the Mets in a possible Jacob deGrom trade is the Rockies.
Whether it’s deGrom or Noah Syndergaard, the Rockies need to change their philosophy. Anyone can hit there. It’s time they put together an elite starting rotation to help supplement a pretty good bullpen.
There isn’t much chatter about how good the Rockies minor league system is. They have multiple top 100 prospects including one guy who many regard as a top ten minor leaguer.
Infielder Brendan Rodgers is in Double-A right now, tearing the cover off the baseball. Throughout his professional career, Rodgers has hit incredibly well. He’s a name regularly placed near the top of these prospect lists. Currently, he’s number ten on MLB.com’s.
Any deal for deGrom or Syndergaard would need to include Rodgers. Unlike many teams with such great talent in the minor leagues, the Rockies can afford to lose him.
Shortstop Trevor Story has bounced back this year after a sophomore slump in 2017. The Rockies could always choose to move him, but why would they? He’s still young and cheap.
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Rodgers’ best chance at making the big league roster is as a second baseman to replace DJ LeMahieu. LeMahieu is a free agent after this season. However, he’ll look for a new contract at only 30-years-old with a resume the Rockies may not want to see leave. If they extend or re-sign him, Rodgers’ opportunities become far more limited.
The Rockies farm system goes beyond Rodgers. Colton Welker is a third baseman in Single-A playing terrific baseball. As long as Nolan Arenado is in Denver, his chances at playing big league ball regularly for the Rockies are slim.
Depth is the strength of the Rockies roster and their farm system. They have the talent in the big leagues to trade away those future players they hope to become stars.
If the Rockies included Rodgers in a deal with the Mets, they could get away with also including a lesser package along with him. They could keep Welker and any of the pitchers they are high on. If they don’t include Rodgers, the Mets could help completely re-shape their minor league system.
Colorado is in “win-now” mode. Having signed Charlie Blackmon to an extension over the winter, they are sending a message that they are eager to spend money for a championship.
Of all the teams out there who could afford to give up a little bit of offense, the Rockies rank near the top. Their deep organization would allow them to intrigue the Mets enough to part with one of their star pitchers.
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As unlikely as it is, no one can offer the Mets anything better.