The Colorado Rockies expressed late interest in former Braves catcher Brian McCann according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and Troy Renck of the Denver Post. At this point, it’s uncertain what the length and revenue involved in the deal was, but i’m guessing the Rockies wouldn’t ante up to the level of the New York Yankees.
The New York Yankees would wind up signing the catcher to a 5-year, $85-million deal Saturday night. This would have been a good pickup for the Rockies as they would have swapped time between McCann/Rosario behind the dish. Rosario’s defense has been an issue, as he allowed a league-worst nine passed balls; tied with Rob Brantly (MIA), and Miguel Montero (ARZ). There is no doubt Wilin Rosario is a talented player as he will provide the Rockies with power in the middle of a stout lineup, but if he can improve on his atrocious defense, he will give the team a chance to win more ballgames.
If this signing were to occur, it would have also gave the Rockies flexibility at the first base position. McCann could have played first, and when he would need an off-day, Michael Cuddyer could have slid in from right field. The Rockies as of now plan to utilize Michael Cuddyer at first base mostly, unless they sign the likes of Justin Morneau, Mike Napoli, James Loney, ect. Anyways, with the emergence of Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson late in the season, Blackmon right now would likely start in right field, as Dickerson would be slated to be the fourth outfielder.