Oakland A’s outfielder Ramón Laureano could also be a fit for the Colorado Rockies
Oakland A’s outfielder Ramón Laureano could be a possible target for the Colorado Rockies in filling in one of their outfield spots. The Rockies, as Rockies fans well know, are in need of at least one, if not two, outfielders this offseason.
Laureano, 27, has accrued 9.6 WAR in his 3+ year career (313 games) and some of it is from his offense but a good portion is from his defense too. In 2021, he was injured for nearly half of the season as he only played in 88 games but he still had 14 homers and 39 RBI with a slash line of .246/.317/.443 with an OPS+ of 111. Defensively, he had four DRS.
His best season came in 2019 when he had 24 homers and 67 RBI with a slash line of .288/.340/.521 and an OPS+ of 129.
However, that season was the only time he has ever played in more than 100 games at the MLB level and it was still only 123 games. He has had a slew of injuries, which could be exacerbated if he was with the Rockies, considering that players tend to get more injuries going in and out of altitude every week or so for six months.
But when healthy, Laureano can be a great outfielder and him showing off throws like this in the vast expanse that is the Coors Field outfield would be a sight to see.
He is arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason so he is fairly cheap on payroll but he may cost a little bit more because of the controllability.