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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Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals
HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 29: Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals looks on prior to Game Six of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park against the Houston Astros on October 29, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

Ryan Zimmerman

It’s not entirely certain that Ryan Zimmerman will return to baseball after he opted out of the 2020 season but when he did opt-out before the season resumed, he did say that he did not plan on retiring at the time.

Had the 15-year veteran been able to play in a full season in 2020, he was going to take a massive pay cut from $18 million a season down to $2 million to stay with the Nationals.

Like Lamb, he has an extensive injury history as since 2013, he has only played in more than 95 games in a season twice (2016 and 2017) so, once again, an incentive-laden contract would be best for the Rockies in this situation.

He could provide the veteran leadership that the Rockies have had with Drew Butera in recent years and Matt Kemp this past season as well. Zimmerman may decide that he wants to play with the Nationals or just retire but if the Nats decide not to bring him back and he does want to keep playing, he should be a guy that the Rockies take a look at.

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