The Colorado Rockies will have to designate at least a few players for assignment to account for the non-roster invitees that are likely to make the team.
As of this publication, the Rockies have 39 players on their 40-man roster and could even have numerous non-roster invites make the team, including C.J. Cron, Chris Owings, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Greg Bird, Dereck Rodriguez, and Connor Joe.
Unless multiple players go the 60-day injured list (and therefore, forfeit their 40-man roster spot), the Rockies will have to face this dilemma, along with the other dilemma of how many relievers or bench players to carry.
So, who are five guys that could find themselves designated for assignment? Let’s take a look.
Yonathan Daza has done very well for himself this spring as he has hit .433 with a homer, four RBI, and a 1.067 OPS in 30 at-bats. However, the Rockies are still weary that their former #10 prospect will develop at the plate.
He has been ranked as their best defensive outfielder but if the bat isn’t a MLB bat, then Daza could either be designated for assignment or traded before the end of spring. Especially if the Rockies decide to carry a third first-baseman in Greg Bird, as we have discussed recently on our podcasts, Daza may find his time as a Rockie behind him.