Colorado Rockies: Playing Fact or Fiction with the Latest Trade Rumors

David A. CucchiaraCorrespondent INovember 17, 2013

Dexter Fowler could be packing his bags for Seattle this winter.
Dexter Fowler could be packing his bags for Seattle this winter.Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies are in the midst of a potentially organization-altering offseason and trade rumors are rampant.

While the front office is likely to concentrate primarily on the free-agent market this winter, trade talk ranging from mega-deals to acquiring low-profile relievers has surfaced.

The following are some of the most talked-about trade rumors surrounding the Rockies this offseason.


Dexter Fowler on His Way to Seattle?

Colorado has a collection of outfielders worthy of starting jobs in 2014. Dexter Fowler, who battled injury for most 2013, might be the odd man out come next season.

The 27-year-old center fielder still has room to grow and would be a viable addition to any team in need of a starting outfielder. Last week, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports announced that the Mariners have shown interest in acquiring the switch-hitting Fowler.

Fowler has been a fan favorite in Colorado for half a decade now. GM Dan O’Dowd knows Fowler’s value and will be reluctant to deal him unless the Mariners place a substantial deal on the table.

Fowler would provide a much cheaper option for the Mariners than, say, Matt Kemp. For this deal to materialize, Seattle would have to give up some arms. Charlie Furbush and Tom Wilhelmsen could work their way into the deal, or the Rockies could shop the farm system for some left-handers.

Fact or Fiction: FACT


Ike Davis to Replace Helton at First?

DENVER, CO - APRIL 28:  Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Colorado Rockies dives back to first base as Ike Davis #29 of the New York Mets awaits the throw in the first inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 28, 2012 in Denver, Color
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It’s amazing how many teams are interested in a guy who spent his season hovering around the Mendoza Line. Davis batted just .205 with nine homers and 33 RBI in 377 plate appearances.

The Rockies seem to be one of those teams playing with the idea of giving Davis another chance. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Rockies have inquired about the availability of Ike Davis.

The thin air of Coors Field might inject some life into Davis’ bat next season, but how much can the Rockies really benefit from adding his bat?

Walt Weiss is better off playing NL batting champion Michael Cuddyer at first and giving either Corey Dickerson or Charlie Culberson the starting job in right field.

Of the five teams showing interest in Davis, the Rockies have the highest available payroll, making such a questionable move unlikely.

Fact or Fiction: FICTION


Jason Castro to Colorado, Wilin Rosario to the Outfield?

DENVER, CO - MAY 29:  Jason Castro #15 of the Houston Astros hits an RBI sacrifice fly to score Brandon Barnes #2 of the Houston Astros and tie the score 2-2 with the Colorado Rockies in the sixth inning at Coors Field on May 29, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.
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Heyman also reported last week that the Astros have received “significant interest” in catcher Jason Castro. He also says that the Rockies could be shopping a catcher this offseason.

Castro proved to be one of the better players on this Astros squad and remained consistent throughout the season at and behind the dish. He finished with a .276 average, 18 home runs and 56 RBI.

Catcher Wilin Rosario has gotten it done with the bat, but his fielding has been called into question at times. When the Rockies offered free agent catcher Carlos Ruiz a two-year deal last week, there was talk of Rosario possibly moving to the outfield or even first base.

If this move were to happen, those rumors would turn into reality.

The Astros find themselves in one of the deepest rebuilding overhauls in baseball and are not afraid to trade even their best player. However, they lack serious depth at catcher and will likely keep Castro until the 2014 trade deadline at the very least.

Fact or Fiction: FICTION


Troy Tulowitzki to St. Louis in Mega-Deal

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 18: Former teammates Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Colorado Rockies and Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals chat at second base after Holliday doubled during a game at Coors Field on September 18, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Phot
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About a week ago, Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan announced that the Cardinals and Rockies would engage in talks regarding a possible mega-deal. That deal would include sending the face of franchise, Troy Tulowitzki, to the Cardinals for some much-needed pitching.

Now Rockies fans, before you break into a cold sweat and begin to tear up, listen up.

Tulowitzki is not going anywhere. At least that’s what Rockies owner Dick Monfort said just days after the rumors surfaced.

It’s a smart decision too.

With the exception of the Angels, most teams that find themselves in the basement of their respective divisions are without a core of offensive producers (ex. White Sox, Mariners, Astros, Marlins, Cubs, etc.).

Not only do the Rockies have two viable three- and four-hole hitters, they have two of the most dynamic offensive weapons in all of baseball in Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. Oh, and both happen to be Gold Glovers as well.

In a league where payroll rules, it’s vital the Rockies maintain that core to have any sort of chance at being competitive.

Fact or Fiction: FICTION


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