Colorado Rockies: A reunion with CarGo on the horizon?
According to Jon Heyman, the Colorado Rockies could decide to have a reunion with Carlos Gonzalez.
Today, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported, in this article, that a reunion between the Colorado Rockies and Carlos Gonzalez could potentially come to fruition.
Heyman reports that the team is still “staying in contact” with Gonzalez and his agent, Scott Boras, about a contract. He also reports that Gonzalez is, or has been, in contact with a few other teams, including the World Champion Houston Astros.
As of now, the Rockies have Ian Desmond slated to start in left field, Charlie Blackmon in center field, and (health depending) Gerardo Parra in right field. However, with Parra’s hand injury and Ian Desmond’s struggles in spring training, Gonzalez very well could replace one of them and the one that he replaces could move to first base or go to the bench.
Here are some of the things that could give the Rockies incentive to sign him.
His performance in September
For Gonzalez last September, as Heyman noted, he hit .377 with six home runs and 16 RBI and a 1.250 OPS.
That was a lot better than he did from April to August, he had a .239 batting average and a .665 OPS, with 8 home runs and 41 RBI.
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His potential contract
At this point in the year, Gonzalez is delusional if he thinks he’s getting more than a one-year contract.
As Heyman noted in his article, it was widely expected that he’d get a one-year deal at the beginning of the offseason so he sure as heck won’t be getting a multi-year contract now.
The nostalgia factor
As Heyman noted, Nolan Arenado mentioned how the team misses Gonzalez. In addition, if he were to return, he would be the longest tenured Rockie (as he was before).
In fact, he was the only person on last year’s team that was on the team in 2009, when they last made the playoffs.
To me, it’s an obvious fit for Gonzalez and the Rockies. He needs to play and the Rockies need a cheap outfielder to help their current outfield situation.
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The only obstacle is CarGo’s expectations in a contract. If he lowers it to where the market actually is, there should be no problems.