So Friday’s report wasn’t enough?
How about a franchise-altering trade (that will never happen) to think about?
Ben Rogers of ESPN Dallas suggested last night on Twitter that the player to go all in for should be Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who is locked up for this season and five more.
First things first: Colorado shouldn’t trade CarGo, and probably won’t.
But if the Rockies were open to the idea of accelerating the process of getting deeper and maybe better, and if moving Gonzalez were a possibility, he makes a massive amount of sense in Texas.
He gives this offense a crazy boost in 2012 and replaces Josh Hamilton going forward. He plays all three outfield spots. His salaries escalate gradually during what would have been his arbitration years ($5 million this year, plus a $1 million bonus if traded, $7.5 million in 2013, $10.5 million in 2014) before bouncing to the higher levels that his service time would dictate if he weren’t already locked up ($16 million in 2015, $17 million in 2016, $20 million in 2017).
Conveniently, the Rangers’ 10-figure megadeal with Fox Sports Southwest kicks in after the 2014 season.
At age 26, Gonzalez is to Hamilton what Yu Darvish was to C.J. Wilson this past winter. Only he’s more of a proven commodity than Darvish was.
Look at it this way: Over the 2013-2017 seasons, Gonzalez will make $71 million. Over those same five seasons, what will Hamilton command? $30 million more than that? $50 million more?
Which is why the Rockies won’t trade the guy. They just won’t.
But if they would?
The interesting part of this is that the two prospects Texas is likely most resistant to trading (Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt) play positions where the Rockies are most set, with shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in his prime and third base prospect Nolan Arenado fine-tuning in Class AA.
Of course, Profar or Olt (or Arenado) could move to the right side of the diamond if necessary, and maybe the Rockies believe Olt could play an outfield corner as well.
And there’s always the possibility of getting a third team involved, a club that Colorado could flip Profar or Olt or Arenado to for something else.
Still, there’s that part about the Rockies not moving Gonzalez.
But just for Kevin Goldstein, what if?
(Oh yeah, first, a comp: Christian Villanueva and Edgardo Alfonzo.)
OK, the trade hypothetical.
In late July: Neftali Feliz (assumes active again), Martin Perez or Cody Buckel (Rockies’ choice), Craig Gentry, Wilmer Font, and Hanser Alberto for Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon, and Will Swanner.
If Colorado takes David Murphy instead of Gentry, Texas ends up with Eric Young Jr. rather than Blackmon.
And Texas makes Hamilton a one-year qualifying offer in November, and takes the draft picks when Hamilton turns it down and leaves.
Mull it over.
But not too much, since it’s not happening.