MLB Trade Rumors: Blue Jays Interested in Rockies Star Infielder

The Toronto Blue Jays have a need for some offense. They also have a need for a third baseman who can contribute at the plate. At the same time, the Colorado Rockies have a third baseman in Ryan McMahon who is having the best season of his career. Could there be a match? 

According to insider Jon Morosi, the Jays are interested, but the Rockies' apparent stance on the situation is a puzzling one:

Morosi reports that "a source with knowledge of the Rockies’ plans says it is highly unlikely" that McMahon will be traded. Of course, that could simply be a plant in the ear of a reporter placed by a Rockies insider in order to drive up the bidding from Toronto and any other interested parties. It seems just too obvious that the Rockies—who are going nowhere again this season—should be primed to trade McMahon.

The 29-year-old is off to a great start with 10 home runs and 33 RBIs along with an OPS +135–by far the best of his career (he's never been above the break-even mark of 100 before in his eight years in the majors). 

The Rockies sit, once again, at the bottom of the standings in the NL West at 19-35. McMahon is still owed $44 million over the next three seasons after this one, and it's extremely head-scratching why they'd insist on hanging on to a player who'll be entering his 30s for next season, when the team is so far away from contending.

But the Rockies have passed on trading players at the peak of their value at past deadlines, and it seems that 2024 will be no exception to their bizarre rule.

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