We’re seeing reports today that the Washington Nationals are sniffing around Colorado Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon.
The talk all seems to go back to a tweet from Fox Sports’ MLB insider Jon Morosi.
With Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline fast approaching, the usual rumors and trade buzz should be expected.
At this point, we don’t even know for sure if the Rockies will be selling, but it appears buyers are lining up anyway.
Blackmon has spent his entire big league career with the Rockies and still drives the same 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee that he had in high school.
The center fielder has been having a really good month. At the end of June, Blackmon was named National League player of the week, and on Tuesday he was recognized with the Rockies’ 2016 Heart and Hustle Award.
Purple Row’s Ryan Schoppe makes the case for a trade:
"For the Rockies, trading Blackmon could make a lot of sense. While Blackmon is having a career year, he also just turned 30 this month, and he’s probably at peak value. He is the perfect combination of a player who can contribute to a contender right now, but who is also expendable for the non-contending Rockies."
All excellent points. It probably just comes down to what the Nats offer and how the next week or so plays out on the field.
The Rockies have something of an opportunity to be relevant this year, if they can get a streak going within the next week.
Last night’s 7-4 victory over the Rays was a nice start to a stretch of home games that will likely answer all of our questions.
“We’re just trying to win as many games to make those (trade) decisions difficult,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said on Monday.