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Rockies news and links for September 7, 2019

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Should and could the Colorado Rockies trade Charlie Blackmon? | Rox Pile
Like it or not, we have reached the stage where asking this question is relevant. Charlie Blackmon is one of the players that makes the most sense for the Colorado Rockies to trade. Part of this, Aaron Hurt of Rox Pile writes, is because moving his contract would allow the Rockies to open up some payroll space to make additions in the form of pitching. The Rockies also have a fair amount of outfield depth, with David Dahl, Raimel Tapia and Sam Hilliard taking steps forward in 2019. Ian Desmond will remain on the roster as well and Yonathan Daza and Garrett Hampson also represent outfield options despite poor performances this season.

At this stage in Blackmon’s career, he has become a defensive liability. His offensive prowess remains, and I am hesitant to jump on board the “trade Chuck train” myself because the lineup can’t afford much more depletion. Blackmon would be best served as a designated hitter in an American League lineup and a team from the junior circuit should be who the Rox contact if they’re looking to make a move.

Bowden: The must-extend players for each team this offseason | The Athletic ($)
On the other hand, the offseason could also bring the opportunity for contract extensions. Jim Bowden of The Athletic runs down possibilities for all 30 clubs and mentions shortstop Trevor Story as the most probable candidate for the Rockies to explore talks with.

Rockies top prospect Ryan Rolison says 2019 adversity taught him about “the pitcher I know I can be in a couple years” | The Denver Post ($)
Rockies’ top pitching prospect Ryan Rolison completely dominated at the rookie ball level with Grand Junction in 2018. He then completely dominated in Asheville to begin 2019. Then he got promoted to High-A and found himself pitching in hitter-friendly Lancaster. After ERA’s of less than 2.00 at two levels, Rolison found the number was close to 5.00. He allowed 22 home runs in 116 1/3 innings of work. But Rolison tells Kyle Newman of The Denver Post that he appreciated the opportunity to experience the adversity that came with pitching in a park where the ball flies.

On the Farm

The Grand Junction Rockies game was postponed due to rain.