The Colorado Rockies have decided to keep All-Star Carlos Gonzalez at his primary position in left field. After they traded Dexter Fowler to the Houston Astros, CarGo was open to the idea of moving to center. The Rockies like the idea more to keep him in left after the acquisition of center fielder Drew Stubbs. It’s a smart move on the Rockies part in order to keep CarGo on the field and healthy due to the enormous space in center and the wall that everyone seems to crash into.
The idea is to have Drew Stubbs start games against left-handed pitchers while Corey Dickerson and Charlie Blackmon battle for playing time against right-handed pitchers.. Here is what Walt Weiss said about the situation via Troy Renck of The Denver Post:
“We are feeling comfortable with the alternatives, watching these guys run around. The big thing is we want to keep CarGo on the field. Risk and reward has kind of swung the other way,” Weiss said. “We are in a different place than we were in the fall. That’s what it comes down to.”
Carlos Gonzalez was unavailable to speak about the situation but explained on Monday afternoon what he thought about the current situation.
“The other guys are going to make the difference on whether I play left or right. We have guys who can play center. Stubbs is a true center fielder,” Gonzalez said. “So he’s out there with the other guys that they keep me in left. I am OK with whatever they decide.”
Don’t forget about center fielder Brandon Barnes who was apart of the trade that brought in starting pitcher Jordan Lyles and himself for Fowler. Barnes could possibly be a situation outfielder, playing games on off-days for players like Stubbs, Michael Cuddyer, or CarGo.
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