Colorado Rockies: Three first base free agent targets

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 25: Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals reacts against the Houston Astros during the second inning in Game Three of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park on October 25, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 25: Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals reacts against the Houston Astros during the second inning in Game Three of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park on October 25, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /
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Jake Lamb of the Arizona Diamondbacks
PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 26: Jake Lamb #22 of the Arizona Diamondbacks gets ready to make a play at first base against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field on June 26, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

Jake Lamb

Jake Lamb is someone that the Rockies are very familiar with in his time with the Arizona Diamondbacks. His main problem has been that he hasn’t been able to stay on the field since he has had so many injuries. He was an All-Star and had a 30 homer, 105 RBI season in 2017 but he hasn’t played in more than 78 games in the majors in a season since.

In 2020, the D’Backs finally gave up on him after he was hitting an awful .116/.240/.140 with an OPS+ of 6. The Oakland A’s decided to take a chance on him after their third baseman Matt Chapman suffered a season-ending injury and Lamb played much better.

In 13 games for the A’s, he hit .267/.327/.556 with an OPS+ of 143.

The injury history, including shoulder surgery and a strained quad, is a big problem. However, a minor league deal with an invite to spring training with an incentive-laden contract based on games played or offensive stats could make Lamb a steal for the Rockies. And if he gets injured or plays poorly, the Rockies would not be out much.

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