Happy July 4th everybody. Hope you have a barbecue to go to, or a beach party or a lake house. Do something fun. Have a hot dog, have a beer. Heck, maybe go to a baseball game. But I recommend not thinking about the future of the Rockies.
Mark Kiszla caught up with the Rockies' two best players after last night's latest failure, and they talked trades. You have to, at this point. How does a team with so much talent on its roster look doomed to the worst record in baseball? The fans are frustrated, and of course the players are too.
Money quotes: "What people need to understand about me is: Winning's my main priority," Tulowitzki said. "I've been around the game a little bit now, and I understand those years where we did win, how much more fun I had. And then there are years such as this." - Tulo
"I don't see Tulo going away from here, unless he asks for it," Gonzalez said. "Tulo is a guy who got drafted here. He grew up in the farm system. He doesn't know anything except purple. ... It's easier for them to trade me than him." - Cargo
Tulo also expressed his fear that his career will mirror Todd Helton's; long, stable, and endlessly frustrating.
So here we are ladies and gentlemen. It's July 4, 2014 and the Rockies, as we know them, might not survive the month. Personally, I do not think the front office personnel are going to pull the trigger on a trade; 2015 could be the job-saving year for the GM. Win or go home. A trade would be a win later move, and there might not be a later for the men and women running the Rockies.
And now for some happier news. Cargo is finally almost ready to return. He has taken batting practice and done all his drills and is saying he is pain free. He might return before the All Star break, but it is all but guaranteed that he will be back immediately after. Also included in the link are notes about Boone Logan (ready to return) and Jair Jurrjens, today's starter and the 14th used by the Rockies this year.
Our own Charlie Drysdale looks at the Rockies' biggest international splash, landing the tall young short stop Pedro Gonzalez. He was one of the top international free agents out there, as indicated by his $1.3 million price tag.
And that's it. Slow news day. Happy fourth!