Tim Boyle discusses rumors linking Blackmon to the Cubs and notes that he doesn't see a solid fit for player or team. The Cubs have a vacancy now that Dexter Fowler is exploring his options, but may struggle to find everyone time as adding Blackmon to an outfield of Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist, and Kyle Schwarber would create a bit of a logjam. Furthermore, Boyle questions whether the Cubs have the ammunition to compete with other possible suitors, including the Washington Nationals and New York Mets.
Jordan Campbell of Da Windy City makes the argument in favor of pursuing Blackmon, noting the importance of adding another left-handed bat to the lineup.
Purple Row's Ryan Schoppe breaks down the same trade and notes that while the Cubs do need a centerfielder, and a left-handed one would be a bonus, the Cubs don't have the major-league assets the Rockies would likely demand in order to let go of Blackmon. In particular, the Cubs don't have either young controllable starters or late inning relievers to spare.
The Rockies have an exciting collection of talent taking shape for 2017 and Jessica Kleinschmidt argues that the Rockies should do their best to keep their roster intact.
Since 2008, the Rockies have been graded negatively in pitch-framing and have ranked near the league-worst every season. Given the struggles pitchers face playing for the Rockies, improving behind the plate could go a long way in alleviating some of those difficulties.