As the first full day of the Winter Meetings started to wind down on Monday afternoon, there was plenty of news and rumors involving the Colorado Rockies.
On the rumor front, the newest is the Rockies have been said to have some interest in free agent first baseman Carlos Santana. Colorado isn’t the only team interested in the switch-hitting slugger who blasted 23 home runs and drove in 79 RBI for the Cleveland Indians last season. He has drawn plenty of interest and is expected to bring in more than the reported three year, $36 million offered by the Indians before the 32-year-old Santana decided to test the open market.
Another first baseman originally rumored to be eyed by the Rockies is Logan Morrison, who made a big splash with the Tampa Bay Rays last season. We covered the rumor about Morrison in this article. However, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post tweeted out late Monday afternoon that Morrison was not a part of Colorado’s plans.
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With first basemen being linked to the Rockies (in reality and in speculation), it is apparent that Colorado does not believe it found the long-term answer at the position when it signed Ian Desmond to a five-year, $70 million deal last season. Desmond will likely spend time in the outfield and at first base again in 2018 and the games per position could swing wildly depending on who the Rockies sign … or do not sign.