Colorado Rockies and Seattle Mariners on the verge of a trade?


Jul 9, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies center fielder Drew Stubbs (13) is greeted by right fielder Charlie Blackmon (19) after hitting a two run home run during the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field. The Rockies won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

According to Jon Morosi, MLB writer for Fox Sports, the Colorado Rockies and Seattle Mariners could potentially be trading partners once the Winter Meetings begin next week. Colorado of course is in need of pitching and have plenty of outfielders – which could be an advantage in trade talks.

"Rockies and Mariners officials had preliminary trade talks at the general managers’ meetings last month, according to major-league sources. And while those conversations have yet to intensify, the natural trade fit between the teams’ rosters could create an easy starting point for further negotiations when the industry gathers in San Diego."

The primary need for Seattle is to add an outfielder, although they just signed Nelson Cruz. Colorado is an ideal partner in my eyes to make such a deal. Colorado has five outfielders, four of which can play at a high-level. Corey Dickerson had a breakout 2014 season while Drew Stubbs benefited from the spacious Coors Field. Keep in mind that Stubbs was linked to the Mariners at the trade deadline this past season.

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According to Morosi, Seattle has “expressed interest” in Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon as well. Blackmon had a hot April in which he eventually cooled off, but earned All-Star honors – his first. CarGo on the other hand had perhaps his worst year statistically. CarGo went through a rough stretch where it seemed like every time he’d come up to the plate, he’d strike out.

If Colorado were to make such a deal involving one of their outfielders, you know they’ll be looking for pitching. Seattle has a top prospect by the name of Taijuan Walker which would certainly bring buzz to 20th and Blake. Colorado has some prospects in Jon Gray and Eddie Butler, whom they like, but adding Walker would certainly be intriguing – especially adding him to a rotation with Jorge De La Rosa and Tyler Matzek.

Time will tell if these two will make a splash during the Winter Meetings next week, but it’s definitely intriguing to hear Colorado willing to make a big move.