Are the Colorado Rockies still looking for someone to take over at first base, despite signing Ian Desmond to a monster deal last season? According to reports, it seems very possible.
Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe is reporting that Logan Morrison is drawing interest from the Rockies as the Winter Meetings approach this week in Orlando. Last year, the 30-year-old first baseman belted 38 home runs and drove in 85 RBI in his second season with the Tampa Bay Rays. He is an unrestricted free agent this season after earning $2.75 million with the Rays last season.
The left-handed Morrison has eight Major League seasons under his belt, playing previously for the Florida/Miami Marlins and Seattle Mariners in addition to the Rays. His 162-game average numbers break down to a .245/.330/.433 slash line with 23 homers and 72 RBI.
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Morrison posted a 3.6 WAR last season while logging a career-high in homers. He also made news last season by posting his feelings about why he should be in the All-Star Game’s Home Run Derby rather than Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees.
While the Rockies signed Desmond to be their primary first baseman last offseason, the plan went astray when Desmond was hit by a pitch in spring training and broke his hand, costing him a chance to be on the Opening Day roster. Mark Reynolds stepped in for Desmond and manned first base for the majority of the season last year while Desmond struggled with not only the broken hand by leg injuries as well.
With Reynolds playing solidly at first base, Desmond played 67 games in the outfield last season while only logging 27 games at first.
So the Rockies are reportedly looking at adding another power bat. Does this mean that Desmond see more time in the outfield this season? With Carlos Gonzalez looking like he will not return and David Dahl’s playing status still up in the air, the Rockies could be looking at add a bat at first base and move Desmond to left field while Gerardo Parra shifts over to right field.