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Now that the calendar has flipped to July, the rumor mill will be churning faster than we can possibly keep up with.
Who’s coming? Who’s going? Which teams are going all in? Which teams are bailing out?
It’s a guessing game, because even when we think we know all the answers, baseball executives love to change the questions. That will keep us on our toes even beyond the non-waiver trade deadline, which this season falls on Aug. 1.
As always, you can expect at least one or two big names to be on the move. Among the biggest names we’re likely to hear frequently is Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. His days in a Rockies uniform may be numbered. Or they might not be, because we’ve heard such speculation each of the last two seasons as well, and he’s still there tearing the cover off the baseball.
One thing we are fairly confident about: The man known as Cargo will still be in a Rockies uniform come Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In fact, he’ll be featured on the MLB Free Game of the Day on Yahoo Sports, which can be streamed at Yahoo’s Sports Home, MLB index and video home beginning at 4:10 p.m. ET.
Here’s the thing about the Rockies. They always seem to be caught somewhere between knowing they’re contenders and thinking they’re contenders. That’s a problem considering they haven’t posted a winning record since 2011.
If nothing else, that mentality makes for an interest dynamic as we await their next big move. In the meantime, it does seem as though the atmosphere is starting to get to Gonzalez a bit. This past week he watched Tulowitzki get a hero’s welcome in his return to Denver with the Toronto Blue Jays, and he didn’t care for that one bit.
“I took it personal, man,” Gonzalez told the Denver Post on Wednesday.
“I was expecting the standing ovation, because I am one of those guys that recognize the things that (Tulowitzki) did for this organization. He did even more special things than me, because he was involved in that team that made the 2007 World Series,” Gonzalez said.
“You’ve got to show love for a guy like that. But, OK, that’s it. He’s trying to beat us. In our city. Don’t do that Tulo chant. Remember, he’s wearing blue now. He’s not wearing purple. I’m the one wearing purple.”
It’s often questioned whether Tulowitzki and Gonzalez were on great terms, so it’s possible this is a personal issue. It’s also possible Gonzalez is just being protective of his territory. Or maybe it’s a lot of things added up.
Whatever the case, he’ll probably be on pins and needles for the next few weeks. Even if the Rockies say they’re not itching to move him, it feels like a situation that could change quickly.
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