With Nolan Arenado being traded away, it doesn’t make much sense for the Rockies to remain competitive at all. Even with the 5X All-Star manning the hot corner they were going to have a tough time making it into the playoffs. Now, there’s little hope the Rockies to make it to .500. It only makes sense for Colorado to trade away the few remaining pieces they have and begin a complete rebuild. Here are some trades we could see in 2021 that would do just that.
St. Louis Receives: Trevor Story
Colorado Receives: Paul DeJong, Julio Rodriguez, Edmundo Sosa
The Cardinals have made a habit out of stealing some of the best players from the NL West. Why not do it again? One of the things that will be a factor in a Story trade it his contractual situation. He is set to become a free agent at the end of the 2021 season. Any team willing to trade for him has to be aware of all the suitors that he’s bound to have when he’s free to choose. That being said, St. Louis shouldn’t worry all that much. Trevor and Nolan loved playing next to one another in Colorado and it would play a huge factor in the Cardinals retaining them both going forward.
Philadelphia Receives: Trevor Story
Colorado Receives: Jean Segura/Didi Gregorius, Bryson Stott, Jhailyn Ortiz
Philly would be giving up only one of Jean and Didi in this deal to offset the cost of Trevor’s salary for the 2021 season; it all comes down to which one the Rockies would want. Bryson Stott is probably the best prospect the Rockies can get in a deal and should feel lucky to get him. They shot themselves in the foot when they decided a bucket of balls was all that Arenado was worth. They won’t see the type of return a player of Story’s caliber should garner, but Stott is a good get. He’s going to stick at shortstop defensively and has a good bat at the plate. The Rockies might’ve found their future double play combo if they’re able to pull this trade off with Brendan Rodgers in tow.
Washington Receives: Trevor Story
Colorado Receives: Carter Keiboom, Joan Adon, Tyler Dyson
This trade would see Trevor move from short to third given Trea Turner already having the six-hole covered. It’s probably a better position for Story long term given his size anyhow. There aren’t many 6’3”, 215 lbs. shortstops in history and for good reason. Kieboom is a lot like Stott in that the Rockies are lucky to get a young player with his upside. Carter can hit and should be able to man the hot corner well for years to come. He struggled to hit in his first stint in the bigs, but the track record is there for it not to concern me.
Something that should be mentioned is how a move from Colorado might affect Story. He’s been much better when playing at Coors Field and its not particularly close. Trevor has an OPS of nearly 1.000 when playing at home but that number dips below .800 when on the road. This is something teams are aware of and it’ll play into what value he actually has in a trade and what sort of deal he gets when he becomes a free agent. It might be best for him to remain a Rockie for one more year rather than to be exposed.
Atlanta Receives: Jon Gray
Colorado Receives: William Contreras, Tucker Davidson, Jesse Franklin
Story isn’t the only trade chip the Rockies have. Gray is considered by many to be the organization’s best pitcher and I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him be moved. He’s never put up impressive numbers, but he has the pure stuff to dominate. He’s a 6’4”, 225 lbs. right-hander that throws hard and has some wicked off-speed stuff. The problem is that he’s been very up-and-down in his career. He’s had two seasons with and ERA+ over 130 and three with it being under 100. The kind of teams I’m thinking that would be interested are those who need to add a solid number two or three starter with the upside to be even better. The Braves fit that bill.
Tampa Bay Receives: Jon Gray
Colorado Receives: Greg Jones, Shane Baz
The Rays have one of, if not the best, farm system in baseball and can afford to give up a little more than other teams. Jones is an extremely athletic infielder with a chance to hit. He would be one of the favorites to lead the league in triples for a decade if he found his way to Colorado. Baz is a top-100 pitching prospect who’s got the stuff to stick around the league for a very long time. Despite these two being well regarded prospects, it doesn’t put a dent in the treasure trove Tampa has down on the farm. The Rays have done tremendous work with the pitchers they’ve brought in from other organizations. The team’s ability to find the inefficiency in a pitcher and coach that out of them has been second to none. If any team could turn Jon into an ace, it would be them.
Minnesota Receives: German Marquez
Colorado Receives: Edwar Colina, Keoni Cavaco, Ben Rortvedt
Teams looking to solidify their rotation should look no further than Marquez. In my opinion, he’s the better pitcher between he and Gray. Marquez is younger, under contract for a longer amount of time, and has put up better numbers than Jon. German’s walk and home run rates are both better than Gray’s while sporting a similar strikeout rate. The big difference is the home/road splits. Jon hasn’t been that good on the road compared to his numbers at Coors while Marquez has been much better while playing away from Colorado. Gray has been marketed as the better pitcher, but it seems obvious that German is better and I think he has a chance to be special pitcher once he’s no longer a Rockie. He might actually be the most valuable player of all three of these players.
Chicago White Sox Receives: German Marquez
Colorado Receives: Zack Collins, Zack Burdi, Jose Rodriguez
The White Sox made a huge push last season and I think they need to continue to be aggressive. The team has already added Liam Hendricks and Lance Lynn into the mix. On top of that, Moncada should look more like his 2019 self while the other young players continue to develop. All of that should excite people on the south side, but I think Chicago is one piece away; Marquez might be that piece. Lance Lynn has already been added into the fold, but that shouldn’t deter the White Sox from making this move. German has a chance to be just as good as Lynn with more upside due to his age. The team could create a great, young pitching tandem if they put Giolito and Marquez together. They’d be real fun to watch for years to come if they could pull it off.