Colorado Rockies and Cardinals Discussing Trades


The Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals are participating in active trade discussions over the Rockies’ trio of outfielders.

The St. Louis Cardinals recently signed Mike Leake to a multi-year deal to sure up their starting rotation, so now that they have crossed that need off their list, the Cardinals shift their focus to the outfield. After losing Jason Heyward and Jon Jay this offseason, the Cardinals need to address their outfield situation moving forward. The Colorado Rockies have been shopping their trio of outfielders this offseason but have yet to make any moves.

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The St. Louis Cardinals possess one of the deeper farm systems in baseball, loaded with pitching prospects; thus, the Colorado Rockies likely want some pitching compensation if they part with Carlos Gonzalez, Corey Dickerson, or Charlie Blackmon. While Carlos Gonzalez presents the most flashy option for the Cardinals, the Colorado Rockies probably deal Blackmon or Dickerson first, due to their cheaper price tag.

Also, Colorado Rockies’ center fielder Charlie Blackmon offers the most similar comp to Jason Heyward. With the loss of Heyward, the Cardinals need to add a rangy, speedy outfielder to fill the void. Blackmon totaled over 40 stolen bases in 2015 with the Colorado Rockies, while hitting atop the order. Heyward usually hit second in the lineup for the Cardinals, so Blackmon could make a seamless fit if dealt to the Cardinals.

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Earlier this month, there were talks about the Colorado Rockies receiving Marco Gonzales for Carlos Gonzalez; however, those talks looked to have broken down until recently. Regardless, the Colorado Rockies are looking for pitching in return for their trio of outfielders. With Gonzalez coming off of a 40 home run season, the Colorado Rockies need to act fast on his highly volatile trade stock.

The St. Louis Cardinals stated that they want to give some reps to Matt Holliday at first base next season, most likely to make room for Stephen Piscotty and Randal Grichuk. While the talks between the Colorado Rockies and Cardinals are in the early stages, a deal between the two teams makes sense, due to the Cardinals’ deep pitching pipeline and Rockies’ deep hitting pipeline. If the Colorado Rockies were to deal any of their current outfielders, Raimel Tapia or David Dahl figures to make the roster in 2016.

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Keep an eye on the trade talks between the Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals. The Colorado Rockies want to continue their rebuilding process, so dealing one of their key outfielders seems like a necessary evil.