Charlie Blackmon is coming off a breakout season in which he batted .288 with 19 home runs, 72 RBI, and 28 stolen bases across 154 games, but Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com are reporting that the Rockies have discussed him in “trade talks with multiple teams.”
The Rockies would really like to add a starting pitcher, so the idea is to use Blackmon as a chip. His value might not ever get any higher, so it could be smart to sell now if they have doubts about his ability to duplicate his 2014 production. The Braves, Cubs, Rangers, and Orioles are among the teams looking for an outfield bat at the moment.
If the Rockies move Blackmon in a trade, team officials believe that they could sign an outfielder to replace him. Rosenthal and Morosi mention Colby Rasmus as a possibility. He could be used as part of a platoon with Drew Stubbs, who has posted much better numbers against left-handed pitching during his career.