Fantasy meets reality: Bowden's take
June, 16, 2014
By Jim Bowden | ESPN.com
Icon SMIGiven the struggles and health issues for the Rockies this season, could Troy Tulowitzki be traded?With Eric Karabell on a well-deserved vacation this week, we've got a week of guest bloggers filling in. Jim Bowden, former GM of the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals, is our leadoff batter Monday. You can read more of Jim's work over on The GM's Office blog.
For this post, Jim leaned on his contacts from around MLB front offices to help field questions from our editorial staff on real-life MLB transactions that would considerably alter the fantasy value of the players involved, including prospects being called up and top-flight players (such as Troy Tulowitzki, Giancarlo Stanton and Jeff Samardzija) being traded.
What is Kris Bryant's timetable to join the Chicago Cubs?
I would argue that Kris Bryant is the best position player prospect in all of minor league baseball, with his ability to hit and 40-home run raw power. His makeup reminds me of the David Wright- and Chipper Jones-type leadership level, and view him as an impact players for years to come.
However, for fans expecting a quick call-up, they'll be disappointed. Bryant has a lot of work to do defensively at third base with some top executives in the Cubs' organization still believing he could end up as a right fielder. On the other hand, if they can develop him into a Troy Glaus-level defender at third, the Cubs could end up with a special power infield of Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez, Starlin Castro and Bryant. Expect Bryant to be promoted to Triple-A next, with the earliest possible promotion to the major leagues in September.
Some would argue that they might not want to lose a roster spot or start the arbitration clock in September, but the former is not a problem because of the lack of depth in their system, and the latter has more to do with free agency than it does service time.
With Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer sidelined for two months, and the Colorado Rockies' pitching once again on shambles, is Troy Tulowitzki a trade candidate?
The Rockies will be an interesting team to watch at the trade deadline, but be rest assured Tulowitzki will not be one of the players on whom they'll listen to trade offers. If Cuddyer is healthy, he will be a trade candidate to both the Reds and Seattle Mariners, and the sleeper to watch is Jorge De La Rosa.
De La Rosa is a free agent at season's end, and if the Rockies can't sign him by the deadline they'll deal him for prospects and hope to sign him back in the offseason. Rest assured, his stock will only go up if he gets away from Coors Field.