Colorado fans were hoping the Rockies would land Carlos Santana at first base. However, the former Indian slugger signed a three-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday. So now where do the Rockies turn?
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There are still plenty of options available, including internally. Are the Rockies happy with an Ian Desmond/Ryan McMahon set up at first base? If nothing else changes, that is what the start of the season might look like for Colorado. With Desmond at first, is David Dahl healthy enough and ready to play outfield again? Does Gerardo Parra stay in left and Raimel Tapia man right field? Is McMahon already “penciled in” at first as was rumored last week? The status quo offers up lots of questions.
Mark Reynolds is still available if the Rockies are looking for a one-year reunion. Re-signing Reynolds would give a very “2017 feel” to the position, with Reynolds, Desmond and likely McMahon taking time at first base with Desmond in the outfield as well.
Other outside options include Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox (although Chicago has indicated it would take a lot to move Abreu) and Matt Adams who played for the Atlanta Braves last season and have had plenty of teams show interest. How about a Matt Adams/Ian Desmond/Ryan McMahon look at first?
There are plenty of possibilities but it seems the Rockies would benefit from bringing in another bat at first base.