At the Winter Meetings last week, the Rockies made the curious decision to sign Ian Desmond to a five-year contract worth $70 million. It seems Desmond will split his time at first base and the outfield, at least for the time being.

As soon as the Desmond news broke, many folks speculated the Rockies would soon trade one of their excess outfielders. Their starting unit features David Dahl and Carlos Gonzalez flanking center fielder Charlie Blackmon, with Desmond and Gerardo Parra on the roster too. Top prospect Raimel Tapia is waiting in Triple-A.

The Orioles are among the teams in need of outfield help at the moment, so it stands to reason they would check in with the Rockies at some point. The problem? The Rockies keep asking for Kevin Gausman, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com.



There are lots of Orioles fans who want the club to make a run at Carlos Gonzalez or Charlie Blackmon. The Orioles keep getting tripped up because the Rockies always ask for Kevin Gausman. Doesn't matter which player is on the table. They always come back to Gausman.

In a related story, the Orioles aren't trading Kevin Gausman.

Gausman, 25, is one of the few active big leaguers from Colorado. He went to high school in the Denver suburbs before moving on to LSU and becoming the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft.