Colorado Rockies: The case for signing center fielder Lorenzo Cain
The Colorado Rockies were a team that struggled offensively in 2017. With park-adjusted offensive metrics, the team was one of the top five worst in all of baseball. Also, the team was one of the worst offensive teams in franchise history. With a few moves, though, that weakness could be turned into a strength.
Yesterday, Mike Petriello of MLB.com published an about center fielder Lorenzo Cain and five teams that need him. One of the five teams that he has listed is the Colorado Rockies. This may be a peculiar move…but only at face value.
The Rockies have Charlie Blackmon in center field, a guy who came in fifth in the National League Most Valuable Player voting last season. However, he could move to right field (or even left field) in 2018.
Since 2014, Cain has proven to be a good offensive player. In three of the past four seasons, he has had a batting average over .300 and in two of the four seasons, he has had an on-base percentage higher than .360 and a slugging percentage higher than .440 (in 2016, he did not do any of these because he was injured for part of the season as he only played in 103 games). However, if you look at his 2015 and 2017 seasons, in particular, they are particular good.