Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell would be a good fit for the Colorado Rockies
Josh Bell is a switch-hitting first baseman and he was very good for the Washington Nationals in his first season with the team in 2021 and he could be good for the Colorado Rockies.
The Nationals acquired him in December of 2020 from the Pittsburgh Pirates for two prospects but, as MLB Trade Rumors discussed in this recent article, the Nationals could be looking to move him when the lockout ends.
In 2021, he hit .261/.347/.476 with 27 homers, 88 RBI, and an OPS+ of 124. He had a bad season in 2020 (82 OPS+) but his 2021 was closer to his 2019 season, which has been his best in the majors.
In 2019, he was an All-Star for the Pirates. He hit 37 homers and had 116 RBI with a slash line of .277/.367/.569 and an OPS+ of 142.
Bell is a first baseman, which is something that the Rockies don’t necessarily need since they extended C.J. Cron for two more years but if the DH comes to the NL in 2022, Bell could easily be a DH.
He also has some experience in both left and right field in the majors and extensive playing time in right field in the minors.
Another problem for the Rockies is that he is a free agent after the 2022 season so they would not have much control with him. However, that would mean that it won’t take much to get him in a trade.
The Rockies need more offense and Bell would bring that, which is the most important thing.