Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Trade Winds Blowing

The SuperDraft is tomorrow and the trade rumors are flying. We've already seen one trade as the Rapids picked up the rights to Ty Harden. Just to review, the Rapids currently hold a second round, a third round, and four fourth round picks in tomorrow's draft. Given the reduced roster sizes, and particularly the fact that there are only 4 development spots, there's a good chance some more trading is going to happen. The Rapids currently have 25 players either under contract or with a team-option for 2009. The only player not under contract that hasn't yet been mentioned as leaving is Bouna Coundoul, and reports before the holidays were that they were in negotiations with him. Assuming they re-sign Bouna that leaves 26 players for 24 slots even before the Superdraft. Keeping all six picks to end up with 32 players is probably not the best move.

The current hot rumors swirl around Christian Gomez. The first report said that New England is interested in him in exchange for their two first round draft picks, but New England wants Colorado to eat some of Gomez' salary. News from Steven Goff today is that Dallas has also inquired about Gomez, but no word yet on what they're offering. The good news is that there are multiple teams involved, which allows the Rapids to get a bit of a bidding war started. Regardless it appears that the Rapids are shopping Gomez, and I think its more likely that they trade him than keep him. Gary Smith showed last season that Gomez didn't fir into his plans for the team, and I don't see that changing this year.

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