It’s no secret the Colorado Rockies have struggled at times this season with their offense. It’s also no secret where the Rockies need to improve in order to get back to the postseason.
Colorado’s lack of production at the first base and corner outfield spot were concerns in spring training and continue to be concerns as we head into the middle of May. Question marks in both positions have yet to be answered … and the answers that have been put on the field have yet to make any kind of significant impact.
So what do the Rockies do? At first glance, one would think they might look to the farm system for help. However, there seems to be either a lack of trust in the players who might be possibilities for a call-up or the options who are there are no better than the ones the Rockies currently field.
Ryan McMahon and Raimel Tapia were thought to be young players who could make an impact this season for the Rockies at first base and in the outfield, respectively. However, Tapia has yet to see any time in Denver this season while McMahon’s lack of playing time and ability to get into a rhythm at the plate was partially the reason he was sent back to Triple-A.
Without solid options that seem to have the trust of manager Bud Black and/or Rockies management, the organization is going to have to look outside to find an impact bat. Yes, we’re talking trades here.
So what could that mean? Let’s take a look at some potential targets and the reality of it actually happening for the Rockies. In this article, we’ll focus on first base. We will discuss one that we brought up in December, one that has been on the burner for a while and one that is a little out of the box.