Colorado Rockies: the 2017 Winter Meetings wish list
By Ryan Ladika
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Priority Three: Outfield
Fan-favorite and longtime Rockie Carlos Gonzalez had a very disappointing season in his possibly-final year in Denver. The Rockies will likely opt not to resign him and look elsewhere to replace his valuable defense and bat in right field.
The best option to replace Gonzalez already exists in the Rockies organization, and will be making a comeback from an injury suffered early in Spring Training this past season.
David Dahl did not appear in a game for the Rockies in 2017, but performed very well in an abbreviated stint in the big leagues in 2016. Dahl slashed .315/.359/.500 with 7 home runs and 24 RBIs in 63 games two seasons ago. With Gerardo Parra likely to hang on to the starting job in left field, that leaves Desmond and Raimel Tapia as backup/emergency outfield options.
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Overall, Colorado’s shopping list this holiday season is full of needs. With an already strong core that made the playoffs last season to build off of, look for the Rockies to make some moves to shore up the bullpen and make some progress behind the dish as well as they push toward making it deeper in the playoffs next October.