In our last slide, we talked about what Colorado’s outfield might look like if Desmond was playing first base. The thought of a Dahl/Blackmon/Parra outfield is very intriguing. However, that is assuming that Dahl can step back into the fold after missing the 2017 season with a rib injury.
It seems unlikely that Carlos Gonzalez will be back in a Rockies uniform in 2018 so Colorado will need to find a bat to replace CarGo. Yes, CarGo struggled for the majority of last season but heated up down the stretch when the Rockies needed him the most.
The Rockies have been linked to Jay Bruce in several reports, which could give the Rockies some power in the outfield. A left-handed power-hitting right fielder that could take CarGo’s place would be a perfect fit … if Colorado fans can overlook that he won’t be the defensive stalwart that CarGo was for so many years at Coors.
In a perfect world, the Rockies would win the offseason by inking J.D. Martinez and having him patrol right field. He has told teams that he would rather play outfield than be a designated hitter and the Rockies would be more than happy to see him in right field. At his current price tag, it likely won’t happen … but we can dream, right?
Even if isn’t Bruce or Martinez, Colorado will need to find another bat for the outfield to bolster their lineup.