Jeff Bridich has hinted at the Rockies' desire to add an impact bat at first base, although he hasn't revealed much in terms of his plans in any specific terms. Saunders guesses that the Rockies won't address the vacancy via trade, but many options are available as free agents. Some short-term solutions include Matt Holliday and Mike Napoli, but both would likely be expensive. Alternatively, the Rockies may consider re-signing Mark Reynolds as an option for a platoon at first. Saunders mentions Trumbo and Brandon Moss as possible alternatives, but both would require a decent investment, especially Trumbo. Ultimately, Saunders believes the Rockies will re-sign Reynolds to platoon with Jordan Patterson.
Editor's note: This initially said "Cory Patterson," which is the name cited in Saunders's mailbag. Presumably, he means Jordan Patterson.
The Rockies will likely rely on their bats for run production next year as opposed to using their legs. Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu combined for 28 of the Rockies' 66 stolen bases last year and no one on the roster is likely to add significantly to that number. The Rockies had no problems scoring runs though, scoring 845. That was second in the league behind Boston's 878 and the Rockies should be up there again in 2017.
Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen, and Mark Melancon headline the list of available relievers, but a few names are on the market that could provide affordable bullpen help. One of those names is former Colorado Rockie Juan Nicasio, who has been something of a revelation since moving to the 'pen. MLB also mentions Koji Uehara and Daniel Hudson as guys who could contribute to bullpens in need of help.
Scott Oberg talks to a hometown reporter about his injury and his plans for the upcoming season. Oberg has the stuff necessary to be a solid reliever, but now he's looking to put it all together and make the next step forwards in his career.