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Suitor shows up for old Rockie, but Colorado probably won’t trade

Ryan McMahon is on his way to having the best year of his career and he could very well represent the Colorado Rockies at the MLB All-Star Game, that is if he is still on the team and not traded.

The Toronto Blue Jays are among the teams vying for the third baseman’s services. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports the Blue Jays’ interest, but says it’s “very unlikely he will be available at this year’s trade deadline.” The Rockies have signed McMahon to a six-year, $70 million deal through the 2027 season.

Through 54 games, the left-handed hitter is on a tear, slashing .286/.366/.483 with 10 home runs and 33 RBI. The 29-year-old also has encouraging splits with a better road OPS (.905) than at Coors Field (.785) and a better OPS against lefties (.982) than righties (.785).

Because McMahon throws right, he can play all over the diamond, which he has done in his eight seasons in the big leagues. He has established himself at third base, where he has been nominated for a Gold Glove, but he has also played extensively at second and first base.

The hitting, versatile and strong defense would be attractive to the disappointing Blue Jays who are 25-29. A team built to defend well has four strong infielders: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Justin Turner, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio. And given McMahon’s attributes, team control and reasonable costs, the Blue Jays won’t be the only ones calling the Rockies.

Historically, Colorado hasn’t moved players with hot seasons like McMahon, especially if they’ve been Rockies for a long time. But Bill Schmidt traded several veterans at last year’s deadline, and while the Rockies aren’t publicly calling it a rebuild at 20th and Blake, there are signs the club may be doing so. At 19-35, the Rockies are well out of the playoffs and there are a few young players who could benefit from dealing McMahon.

McMahon and Charlie Blackmon are the last two position players with links to the 2017 and 2018 playoffs. And it certainly appears Blackmon is in his final pro season, with the possibility of him even being dealt before the deadline.

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