The Boston Red Sox reportedly inked Marwin Gonzalez to a one-year, $3 million deal on Thursday evening. As stated in this article about the signing: “A switch-hitter known for his defensive versatility, Gonzalez played first base, second base, third base and right field for the Twins last season.”
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Yes, Gonzalez had a down year (.211/.286/.320 with an OPS+ of 68) for Minnesota during the shortened 2020 campaign, but the 31-year-old Gonzalez has totaled a nice 6.9 bWAR over the last four seasons and was discussed as a good fit for the Rockies as recently as the offseason before the 2019 campaign.
Rockies fans know how much the franchise values versatility and Gonzalez brings that to every club he has represented in his nine-year career. With a Colorado infield that has plenty of opportunities for playing time after Arenado’s trade, Gonzalez would seemingly have been a fit. And, again, he likely could have provided some kind of offensive boost along the way, especially if he could recapture the swing that pushed him to earn MVP votes after a 2017 campaign where he posted a 146 OPS+ and hit 23 home runs while driving in 90.
So would you have wanted any of these three with the Rockies? And for the price they signed with other teams? How about another player who might have been a fit in terms of needs and budget for 2021? Let us know in the comments below.