But hey, it’s also the Rockies we’re talking about. Mismanagement seems like they’re middle name. Plus, Black ultimately isn’t the one making those decisions, it’s general manager Bill Schmidt.
So let’s play the game. The Rockies do in fact decide to trade Marquez, but where does he end up?
German Marquez trade rumors 2021
It’s understandable why the Rockies would rather hold onto Marquez. The 26-year-old is 8-7 this season in Denver, however he sports a 3.60 ERA. Plus, he’s under contract for the next two seasons, along with an option in 2024.
However, because of this, his trade value is extremely high. The Rockies could acquire a number of prospects in a Marquez trade. They already traded Nolan Arenado in the offseason, and it seems both Trevor Story and Jon Gray will be gone after the deadline. So keeping Marquez is a bit of a head scratcher.
All things are pointing that way, but regardless, a lot can happen in a week. And if a deal comes across Schmidt’s table that’s too good to pass on, he could pull the trigger on a trade.
The Rockies’ farm system is one of the worst in the league and could certainly could use some prospects to stock up on. Let’s see what teams could trade for German Marquez.
Prospects, get your prospects here. You need prospects? Well the Tigers have a stockpile of them.
They had the seventh-best farm system at the beginning of the year, with five players in MLB’s Top 100 prospects.
I don’t see a situation where the Tigers part ways with Casey Mize or Spencer Torkelson, but sending Matt Manning or Tarik Skubal back to Colorado might not be a bad idea. Marquez is a proven talent while both are projects right now. Skubal has shown flashes this season, but for the most part has gotten roughed up in his first season in the big leagues. I’d imagine one or two second-tier prospects would also be sent the Rockies’ way for Marquez, who could immediately become the Tigers’ ace for the next couple of seasons.
A Marquez trade for the Los Angeles Angels probably stops and starts with Jo Adell. The No. 10 pick in the 2017 MLB draft hasn’t made as big of a splash in the big leagues quite yet, but he’s the best young asset the Angels have to offer. He is batting .161 this season with three home runs and seven RBIs in 124 at-bats.
The Angels’ main need remains to be starting pitching. All four of Andrew Heaney, Alex Cobb, Jose Quintana and Dylan Bundy are free agents this winter. Cobb has performed well this season, but Quintana, Heaney and Bundy have ERAs over 5.30. Shohei Ohtani seems to be the only sure thing right now in the Angels rotation. Patrick Sandoval has made strong strides this season after struggling his first two. Marquez to the Angels would give them a consistent ace that they haven’t had in quite some time.
The New York Yankees have been pushing for Trevor Story to upgrade their infield, so why not add Marquez to the mix? The Yankees are on the outside looking in when it comes to the AL playoff hunt, but that could all change by bringing in a bat like Story and an arm like Marquez.
The Yankees don’t have a ton of prospects to send the Rockies’ way. The value of Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar has been lowered this season. But if the Yankees can package together a better deal, they could bring in both. Marquez and Cole would be a great 1-2 punch in the rotation and with the Yankees not knowing when Corey Kluber will return, they certainly need another starter.