There has been plenty of speculation about whether or not the Colorado Rockies will trade Carlos Gonzalez this offseason – a decision that would be difficult for GM Jeff Bridich to even think of making.
"CarGo’s meant a lot to the organization," Bridich told the Denver Post. "He has persevered through injuries, he’s played hurt, he’s played hard. Even though he wasn’t an original Rockie, he’s grown up in the organization. He took his lumps early, then put his head down and really developed into a major leaguer with us.
"He’s been one of the cornerstones for us. So I think you have to think long and hard when you even consider listening [to a trade] on a guy like that."
Speculation that the Rockies might trade Gonzalez or one of their other starting outfielders, Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson, swelled last week when Colorado signed free-agent outfielder Gerardo Parra.
Although the Rockies now have a surplus in the outfield, Bridich says that doesn’t necessarily suggest that a trade is looming.
"I know it’s popular to expect a trade, but it’s tough to put odds on it right now," Bridich said. "The last thing I want to do is apologize for bringing more talent into this organization."