Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jesse Winker could provide the Colorado Rockies with an outfield bat
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jesse Winker had a career year on offense in 2021 and the Reds could look to sell high on him and the Colorado Rockies would be a fit.
Winker, 28, hit .305/.394/.556 with 32 doubles, 24 homers, and 71 RBI with an OPS+ of 140. In 2020, he played in 54 games and he hit 12 homers and had 23 RBI with a slash line of .255/.388/.544 and an OPS+ of 139.
The problem for Winker is that he is frequently injured. In this aspect, he is very similar to former Rockies outfielder David Dahl. Both of them can play all three outfield spots and they have shown that they can be All-Stars but both are frequently injured.
Dahl only had one season where he played in 100 games (and it was exactly 100) in the majors but Winker has had two seasons. However, he has never played more than 113 in a season in the majors. That 113 came in 2021 but he only played in one game after August 15.
Also, as his on-base percentage shows, Winker walks more than Dahl as Winker’s career on-base percentage of .385.
Winker is entering his second year of arbitration eligibility so, if the Rockies were to trade for him, they would either have one or two years of control, depending on the results of the upcoming CBA.
When healthy, Winker is exactly what the Rockies need: an outfielder who would be a great power (and on-base) bat for them.