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Carlos Gonzalez's trade value is diminished

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Gonzalez needs to get back on track -- and quickly -- if the Rockies want to turn him into future value.

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Did the Rockies Miss Their Window to Trade Carlos Gonzalez? | FanGraphs Baseball
Carlos Gonzalez was one of the most productive hitters in baseball from the day he came up in 2009 through a 2013 season that saw him dominate both at home and on the road. Gonzalez might not be that hitter anymore, opines Paul Swydan, and that's bad news for his trade value, something the team desperately wishes would improve.

Gonzalez is hitting just .202/.265/.326, and while he's a moderate hot streak from improving those numbers drastically, there is legitimate concern that Gonzalez's plate coverage is deteriorating. This snippet sums up my concerns about CarGo and his trade value:

Who would want a broken down player who’s owed $37 million over the next two seasons, and also has a trade kicker? The game is awash in cash these days, but that’s a big gamble to take. We essentially have to go back to July of 2013 to find the last time Gonzalez was great, and the further we move away from that point in time, the less likely it is that he’ll snap back together and be the player we remember.

For healthy CarGo, slide a mere timing issue | rockies.com
CarGo insists his struggles have nothing to do with being hurt, or really anything else other than timing. Thomas Harding has a good note on how Gonzalez has failed to hit changeups this season, suggesting legitimacy of the timing issue, as well as perhaps some difficulty seeing the ball out of pitchers' hands.

MLB Mock Draft 2015: Version 1.0 - BaseballAmerica.com
BA's John Manuel predicts the Rockies will take high school shortstop Brendan Rodgers with the third overall pick. Rodgers has the bat and defensive tools to one day take over for Troy Tulowitzki, says Manuel.

Brandon Crawford is developing into an all-star shortstop - SBNation.com
I wrote this about the Giants' Crawford with the sole purpose of jinxing him. Seriously, though ... and some of you will hate me for this, but we've all watched Crawford plenty since he came up to the big leagues. Are there many more improved players on offense than him? Not that I can think of, but maybe I'm off base.

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J.J. Buck examines the struggles of Jon Gray, the underrated performance of Chad Bettis and an expected lineup full of PCL sluggers.

To Woody Paige, Mark Kiszla and Those Guys on Rockies Facebook: - Rox Pile
Connor Farrell took Rockies Internet by storm yesterday by calling out Woody Paige, Mark Kiszla and the Facebook commenter types. I think the article is hilarious, and though I disagree with a couple of the points, the overall premise is spot on. That said, every fan base has people like the ones Connor rips in the article. For instance, did you see this?

Anyway, it's a good discussion point, and one that I know will spawn several large comments. In that case, feel free to write a FanPost. You might get promoted to the front page or get a job with ESPN or something (I hear they're looking for someone)!