No, no, no, no, no. The Rockies cannot I repeat, cannot, get rid of Garrett Atkins. The idea that they’re re-thinking it is completely ridiculous. They’re about to close a one year deal with Glendon Rusch, for what? Some mediocre pitching and a lack of real talent? As I’ve stated before, I understand this need for pitching, but pitching isn’t going to get you everywhere if you don’t have the hitting talent to back it up. You get rid of Atkins, you’ve gotten rid of two of our BIGGEST sluggers. The idea is absolutely ludicrous that getting rid of Atkins is even a prospect. Now, the Rockies have said that they are going to need a killer deal in order to get rid of Atkins, so if he goes, I’m going to expect the Rockies to win a World Series this upcoming season. Yeah, so, no pressure.
Here are our next biggest sluggers: Brad Hawpe, Chris Iannetta, and Jeff Baker. Brad Hawpe and Chris Iannetta have multi-year deals with the Rockies. Jeff Baker was someone who I would have put up for trading value, but whatever. Hawpe tied Matt Holliday this season in home runs with twenty-five. The next closest (if you exclude Atkins) is Iannetta with eighteen and Baker with twelve. I’ve also highlighted this point before, but Todd Helton’s health is in question. He could get out on the field and realize, “oh crap, I’m not totally healthy.” What then? You can draft up the minor leagues, but they’re not going to put up the runs that a big slugger can. Man, for once, I thought that someone might be listening to me. What was I thinking?!