Why in the world would a team trade a player like Larry Walker?
Sure, he was getting a little gray, but he still possessed good power and was still a great player when the Rockies traded him.
This trade made many fans scratch their heads.
Why would you trade a Blake Street Bomber?
The three minor leaguers the Rockies received were pitchers Jason Burch, Luis Martinez, and Chris Narveson.
None of those players have made it big in the MLB.
The Cardinals clearly "won" this trade because Walker contributed in a big way during their run to the World Series in 2004.
He hit six home runs during the 2004 postseason, whereas the Rockies, like so many other years, failed to make the postseason.
Walker could have helped usher in a new group of Rockies from the minor leagues and imparted his wisdom upon them.
Instead, all of the then new players like Matt Holliday, Garrett Atkins, and Brad Hawpe, had to learn everything from Todd Helton (otherwise known as the Toddfather).
If the Rockies had kept Walker, both he and Helton could have sped the maturation process for those players and it probably wouldn't have taken until 2007 for the Rockies to make the postseason.
Regardless, the Rockies chose to trade away a very wise, experienced player, and the fans were livid, to say the least.
All of these trades have made an impact on the Rockies organization, big or small.
Historically, the Rockies have chosen to acquire big name players from free agency; therefore, blockbuster trades that can change the entire season just do not happen with the Rockies.
These trades have made some kind of impact on the team, but nothing drastic. The most that these trades messed with in the clubhouse would be morale.
Morale is a big part of a team, and when it gets messed with, bad things can happen. Fortunately for the Rockies, these trades did not do much to the morale, thus did not change the outcome of the season.