In Search For An Outfielder – Colorado Rockies
So far, we have identified two outfielders on two teams ripe for picking:
Atlanta – Reed Johnson
Arizona – A.J. Pollock
Baltimore – Nolan Reimold
Boston – Jerry Sands
Chicago Cubs – Brett Jackson
Chicago White Sox - Dayan Viciedo
Cincinnati – Chris Heisey
Cleveland - none
I spend no time here trying to figure out who to trade them or whether the Mets should just keep checking the waiver wire each day to see if my choice becomes available. All I do here is try to duplicate, for you, what I assume someone (with a VP on his business card) is doing in the Mets office this week.
We now move on to the Colorado Rockies, who currently have eight (8) outfielders on their roster, far too many than are needed on opening day:
Charlie Blackmon – lefty –
Tyler Colvin – lefty – ARB-1 – MLB: 18-HR, 72-RBI, .290
Michael Cuddyer – bats right – $10.5Mil thru 2014 -
Dexter Fowler – switch – ARB-2 - MLB: .300, 11-HR
Carlos Gonzalez – lefty – $80mil thru 2017 - 22-HR, 85-RBIs
Rafael Ortega – lefty – minimal -
Tim Wheeler – lefty – prospect – AAA: .303
Eric Young – switch - pre-ARB-1 - MLB-174AB - .316
Colorado needs pitching and everyone loves Fowler and Cuddyer. Both are movable, but the Mets don’t have the package right now to get either. The prospects are growing up. Young Jr. is already breaking through and Wheeler is right behind him. They obviously have too many outfielders that hit well for average and somebody has to be moved. Only Cuddyer is a righty so you have to look at the two switch hitters and determine who the Rockies covert more, Young or Fowler. My guess is it’s Young because they have already publically commented that it would take a lot to move Fowler.
Mets target: Dexter Fowler - was a 14th round draft pick by the Rockies in 2004… primarily a centerfielder… was paid $2.35mil in 2012… will play 2013 as a 27-year old… showed a little pop last year (13-HR)… stat line: .300/.389/.474/.863
Note: You’re not going to get this guy without trading an MLB-ready rotation pitcher.