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Colorado Rockies Notes: Team Looks To Become Contender In National League In 2017

Adding Trumbo and Wieters could thrust Rockies into being a National League contender.

With Edwin Encarnacion off the market, the biggest bat remaining on the free agent market belongs to Mark Trumbo. Before, Encarnacion signed with the Cleveland Indians, the Colorado Rockies were monitoring the situation, with the thought of adding a big bat to play first base. The Rockies made a splash during the Winter Meetings when they signed Ian Desmond to play first base.

The addition of Desmond to play first base raised eyebrows from many around the league. It was believed that with Desmond in the fold, the Rockies would look to move one of their many outfielders, with Charlie Blackmon being the most mentioned name.

Last season the Rockies scored the second-most runs (845) in baseball, only behind the Boston Red Sox. With the addition of Desmond, the Rockies will pose a lineup that will certainly help them push some runs over the plate. Playing 82 games in the thin air of Coors Field certainly has its advantages but it could be the addition of one or two players that could thrust this franchise as one of the top contenders in the National League.

The Rockies have made their interest known in Trumbo, which would coincide with a possible trade involving one of the Rockies outfielders. Adding Trumbo, who belted 47 home runs last season, would make the Rockies' lineup a nightmare to face. The combination of Trumbo and Coors Field would be a match made in heaven for Rockies fans. Trumbo would fit nicely at first base and Desmond could make his way back into the outfield.

Another name that has popped up with the Rockies is veteran catcher Matt Wieters. Along with another dangerous bat in the lineup, the addition of Wieters would do wonders for the Rockies young pitching staff. Wieters would help mentor a staff that is very talented and young. There is a lot to be said for a veteran presence behind the plate and Wieters would provide that veteran leadership. A veteran of over 800 big league games behind the plate, Wieters is a solid defensive catcher who would be a difference maker in that clubhouse.

While both seem incredibly unlikely, doing the unthinkable and acquiring both Wieters and Trumbo, the Rockies lineup would be the biggest threat in the league. thrusting themselves as a dark horse candidate to win the National League West and compete for the pennant. As the days continue to go by, the market and value for Trumbo will continue to shrink, making it possible for a team like the Rockies to make a move. Right now, the Rockies look to be standing pat, liking what they currently have, but the addition of Trumbo or Wieters could prove to be devastating to the rest of the teams in the west.


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