The Colorado Rockies have glaring holes entering 2016, so we need to take a look on whom the team should target in free agency.
Recently, rumors fueled speculation that the Colorado Rockies were seriously interested in Yovani Gallardo, despite GM Jeff Bridich keeping a poker face on the situation. The Colorado Rockies, obviously, need starting pitching heading into the new season. However, with Gallardo tied to a compensation pick, the Colorado Rockies might find more bang for their buck elsewhere in the free agent market.
In addition to starting pitching, the Colorado Rockies need to address their first base and shortstop situation. It should be noted that the Colorado Rockies signed Mark Reynolds earlier in the offseason; however, he is a mere role player heading into 2016, with the likelihood that he only plays against left-handed pitchers. With Ben Paulsen on the roster, the problem at first base seems fixed, but the Colorado Rockies could do better.
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Also, with Jose Reyes to appear in court for a domestic abuse charge, the Colorado Rockies need to have a backup plan at shortstop if Reyes is, indeed, suspended for a good portion of 2016. The obvious answer, although it may make too much sense for Bridich, is to promote Trevor Story, because he is probably the equivalent to Reyes both in the field and at the plate.
With the Colorado Rockies in need of starting pitching, a first baseman, and perhaps a backup shortstop, the team should shop around in the free agency market to fill the voids entering the 2016 season. So, with Spring Training quickly approaching, the Colorado Rockies may have the upper hand in contract negotiations. Likely, players are getting desperate for contracts, so let us take a look at whom could be a fit for the Colorado Rockies.
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