Chicago Cubs infielder David Bote would be coming home if he joined the Colorado Rockies
Chicago Cubs infielder David Bote could be a trade target for the Colorado Rockies, especially because they need an infielder.
Bote, who turns 29 just after Opening Day, is a Colorado native as he is from Longmont, Colorado, which is about 35 miles north of Coors Field, and graduated from Faith Christian Academy in Arvada, which is about 12 miles away from Coors Field. He was also a Colorado Rockies fan growing up as well.
Bote has shown that he can be a very good player but he struggled a bit in 2020 and was injured in 2021.
In 2021, he had three stints on the IL including nearly two months for a separated shoulder, about two weeks for an ankle sprain, and an IL stint to end the season about a week before the season ended.
He played in 97 games and he had eight homers and 35 RBI with a slash line of .199/.276/.330 with an OPS+ of 63. In 2020, he played in 45 games and he hit .200/.303/.408 with seven homers and 29 RBI.
His best season came in the season that he has played the most games that he played in: 2019. In 2019, he played in 127 games (75 starts) and he had 11 homers and 41 RBI with a slash line of .257/.362/.422 and an OPS+ of 104.
He is also versatile, which is something the Rockies have shown to like in their players. He has played third and second base the most in the majors but has also played shortstop in 11 games, first base three times, and left and right field in one game each.
The problem for the Rockies is that the final shoulder injury at the end of the season needed surgery so Bote could miss the start of the season. Additionally, while he is versatile, would provide enough of a bat for them?