Seattle Mariners infielder Ty France could also help the Colorado Rockies with an infield bat
Seattle Mariners Ty France could be the most intriguing position player on this list for the Colorado Rockies for a few reasons.
France, 27, had a great year for the Mariners in 2021. He played in 152 games and he hit .291/.368/.445 with an OPS+ of 128. He had 18 homers and 73 RBI with 32 doubles and an MLB leading 27 hit by pitches.
In 2020, he split the season between San Diego and Seattle and he played in 43 games. He hit .305/.368/.468 with four homers, 23 RBI, and an OPS+ of 133.
He could be an asset for the Rockies because, like a few of their current infielders, he can play a few infield positions. He primarily played first base for the Mariners in 2021 (106 games) but he also had extensive playing time at second base and third base as well. Defensively, he is best at first base (at least in 2021) but he has been a good defender at the other positions in past seasons as well.
France also went to school at San Diego State University, where Rockies manager Bud Black went. Black still lives in the San Diego area in the offseason and his connection to San Diego has helped bring some players aboard to the Rockies, including Connor Joe.
But with being pre-arbitration eligible (aka cheap) and one of the best bats for the Mariners, in theory, shouldn’t trade him but Jerry Dipoto has made more surprising trades in his time as a GM with the Mariners or the Angels before that.