Mark Kiszla reports his final conversation with Carlos González of the 2016 season. They talked about why CarGo would want to stay in Denver, and what that might look like. First, CarGo gave the ol' sportsman's bromide that "it's about winning. And at this point in your career, you want to be on a winning team." The twist in this is that he believes staying on the Rockies means being on a winning team. He didn't always think that. CarGo informed Kiszla that a year ago, he would have been sure that he'd hit free agency. He also told Kiszla that he'd be willing to move to first base, although that still seems like an odd fit. CarGo is still more than capable of handling right field. But if CarGo does stick around, he'd have to play somewhere. The outfield is looking full. But the Rockies don't have any obvious first base prospects, and signing CarGo to stick around and play first base might be a better move than splurging on someone like Edwin Encarnación.
This is a great read that has me thinking about what, exactly, a CarGo extension would look like.
The Rockies lost in extras last night, 4-3. Chris Carter homered off of Adam Ottavino in the tenth inning to give the Brewers a 3-2 lead. It was Carter's 41st of the year, which ties him with Nolan Arenado for the National League lead. The Rockies play their final game of the 2016 season this afternoon. Germán Márquez gets the start.
The Rockies scratched Tyler Anderson from his final start of the season last night. Jeff Hoffman, who had been in the bullpen due to innings limitations, took his place. What we saw was Hoffman's best showing of the season. Hoffman pitched five innings to give him 150 even on the season between Triple-A and the majors (I suppose we found out the innings limit). In those five innings, he gave up one run on two hits, he walked two (one intentional), and struck out seven.