Colorado Rockies interim general manager could get permanent role

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 18: A Colorado Rockies batting helmet in the dugout before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on May 18, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Rockies 2-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 18: A Colorado Rockies batting helmet in the dugout before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on May 18, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Rockies 2-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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The Colorado Rockies quest for a new general manager will be one of the more fascinating stories of the offseason. They have numerous impending free agents, several holes to fill on the roster, and play in a tough division. This decision will have ramifications for years to come, not only on their direction moving forward, but also in regards to shaping the future.

According to reports, the new general manager may already be in that chair. Interim GM Bill Schmidt is considered to be a candidate as the permanent option to fill that role.

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Schmidt will be facing several tough decisions as it is. Trevor Story and Jon Gray are both slated to be free agents after the season, and will be highly sought after at the trade deadline. Story has already rebuffed any attempts the Rockies have made to sign him to a long term extension, and is seemingly counting down the seconds until he can be elsewhere.

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Although the Rockies have already said that they will not be trading German Marquez, the fire sale will begin after the All Star Break. Schmidt will need to find the best package possible for the Rockies’ stars, avoiding a Nolan Arenado type of deal where the front office was ridiculed for their inability to get value for one of the top third basemen in the game.

The deadline will essentially be Schmidt’s trial run. If he does well, bringing in the types of prospects and arms that could jumpstart the rebuild, then he may well find himself as the permanent solution. Otherwise, if he ends up getting fleeced the way his predecessor did in the Arenado deal, his time could end once the season is over.

As it is, the trade deadline is packed with pressure. Players face the potential of being traded, while GMs have the unenviable task of attempting to either win the World Series that season or add the building blocks needed to improve in the future. Schmidt has even more pressure as his performance could determine whether or not he gets the GM role moving forward.

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Colorado Rockies interim general manager Bill Schmidt is a candidate for the permanent role. His performance at the trade deadline could be a major factor.