Bridich on Carlos Gonzalez
Spilborghs followed up Joyce’s second bullpen question by asking about Carlos Gonzalez. Bridich said that they have maintained conversations with him and his agents but they are not close on any deal but they will keep an “open mind” about resigning him.
Bridich on David Dahl
Joyce followed Spilborghs question with asking about David Dahl’s health. Bridich said that he is healthy again but throughout his career, he has struggled with “weird” injuries and “bad luck” but he said that the Rockies have plenty of outfield options internally (like Raimel Tapia, Mike Tauchman, and Jordan Patterson) so the Rockies are going to focus on Dahl’s health.
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Will Desmond play first base or the outfield?
Joyce’s follow up question to Dahl was about Ian Desmond and whether or not he would play first base or in the outfield. Bridich said that the team is “open-minded.” He also said how that part of the reason why they signed him is that he is so versatile.
Bridich on the starting pitching
Later on, Joyce asked Bridich about whether or not they are confident with the young pitching staff and he said that as long as they are healthy, they will grow and be better together. Considering that Jon Gray, Chad Bettis, and Tyler Anderson were all on the disabled list by the beginning of May and the Rockies did very well then, they are not really concerned with the rotation.
After they talked with Bridich, Joyce and Spilborghs speculated on whether not the Rockies will go after a corner outfielder or a first baseman. Both of them agreed that they think that the Rockies should go after a first baseman rather than an outfielder.
I, personally, would have to agree with them on that for the reasons that they mentioned. First off, there are more options on the free agent market. They specifically mention Carlos Santana, Eric Hosmer, Lucas Duda, Logan Morrison, Mike Napoli, and Mitch Moreland (we have made the cases for Santana and Hosmer in the past two week as well as discussing Morrison yesterday). Secondly, they will be cheaper than the outfielders on the market (Santana turned down a 3-year, $39 million contract from the Indians but outfielder J.D. Martinez is looking for $200 million.
If I had to go with one, I’d go with Santana. If you wonder why, check out the link in the previous paragraph on why I think Santana would be an excellent fit.