Trevor Story, Jon Gray still on market, no deals in place

The National League West got wild and wooly Thursday, but shortstop Trevor Story and right-hander Jon Gray remained with the Rockies as Friday’s 2 p.m. (MDT) trade deadline neared.

Both players have been linked to multiple teams in recent weeks but nothing concrete materialized Thursday. Interim general manager Bill Schmidt has repeatedly said that he won’t make a deal unless the Rockies get significant talent in return. According to major league sources, Colorado’s asking price for both players is very high.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers were reportedly close to completing a blockbuster deal that would net them star right-hander Max Scherzer and star shortstop Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals in return for multiple prospects. Earlier in the day, it appeared that San Diego, in a race with the Dodgers and San Franciso for the NL West crown, would land Scherzer.

The Scherzer trade could, conceivably, open the door for the Rockies to trade Gray to a team that needs a starting pitcher for the final two months of the season. Multiple teams, including Toronto, San Diego, Seattle, the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets, have been scouting Gray.

The New York Yankees had engaged in initial talks with the Rockies about Story, but that trade possibility died Thursday when the Yankees obtained slugger Anthony Rizzo from the Chicago Cubs. On Wednesday, the Yankees got slugging outfielder Joey Gallo in a deal with Texas.

According to a major league source, the New York Mets remain interested in Story, but the deal did not gain much traction on Thursday. The source also said that if the Rockies deal Story, it likely would not happen until near the end of the trade deadline.

Both Story and Gray are scheduled to become free agents at the end of the season. All indications are that Story will not consider re-signing with Colorado.

Gray, who is scheduled to start Friday night’s game, wants to leave the door open. If he were to be traded, it’s possible that Gray could re-sign with the Rockies as a free agent after the season.

“I’d love to stay here,” Gray said Thursday. “Denver feels like home and the Rockies are my family. When you grow up in an organization like this one, it’s hard to imagine being with anyone else. I enjoy wearing purple on the mound. I’d hate to wear another color.”

Rockies manager Bud Black, when asked if he would make a pitch to the organization for Gray to remain in Colorado, said: “Yes. But again, it takes two to tango. And there is a lot that goes into (negotiations). … But if Jon wants to make this happen, it can happen.”

Fuentes sent down. Infielder Joshua Fuentes has been excellent in the field but has struggled mightily at the plate, so the Rockies optioned him to Triple-A Albuquerque Thursday prior to their game against the Padres in San Diego.

In other moves, Colorado activated right-handed pitcher Ashton Goudeau — who was acquired from Cincinnati Thursday morning — and recalled right-handed pitcher José Mujica. Either Goudeau or Mujica could be available to start Friday night’s game against the Padres in the event the Rockies trade Jon Gray.

Fuentes is hitting .228 with a .618 OPS and has drawn only 12 walks in 276 plate appearances. On the road, he’s batting just .151 (19-for-126). He went 2-for-4 Wednesday night against the Angels, but those were his first hits since the All-Star break. He’s batting .190 (24-for-126) with two doubles and three home runs over his last 46 games.