Colorado Rockies Rumors: Two More Options at First Base
By Kevin Henry
When Major League Baseball’s Hot Stove season kicks into high gear, there are always some interesting theories out there about potential trades and where free agents might land. Certainly the Colorado Rockies are not immune from these prognostications.
As we’ve discussed, first base is one of the primary needs for the Colorado Rockies in the offseason. Will Mark Reynolds return? Will the Rockies sign a free agent like Mark Trumbo, Matt Holliday or Mike Napoli? Anything is possible, and we’ve discussed four of the options in this article.
While there has been talk about Reynolds possible returning to the Rockies, there has also been discussion about Carlos Gonzalez moving to first base and clearing up some of the logjam in the Colorado outfield. One article, however, says that there’s another option on the Colorado roster who could move over to fill the void at first base.
In this article by our fellow FanSided site, Call to the Pen, Colorado is named as a potential landing site for free agent second baseman Ian Kinsler. Now, of course, you’re thinking, “Wait, the Rockies already have a pretty darn good second baseman.” And you’re right, the Rockies do. However, what if DJ LeMahieu moved over to first base to make room for Kinsler to play second?
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It’s a stretch but it’s not impossible. LeMaheiu has played a very limited time at first base for the Rockies but he has done it. Additionally, at 6-foot-4, LeMaheiu certainly has the size to play first.
Moving LeMahieu to first and acquiring Kinsler may be far-fetched, but it’s one of the possibilities that has been thrown out there. It would also make an impressive Colorado lineup even stronger.
Another possibility would fill the hole at Colorado’s first base and free up some of the congestion in the Rockies outfield. But how popular would it be? That’s the question.