Early scuttlebutt -- nothing more than speculation -- has the #Rockies interested in versatile free agent IF/OF Marwin Gonzalez.— Patrick Saunders (@psaundersdp) November 5, 2018
For all you scuttlebutt fans out there, it may interest you to know that the butts are scuttling.
The GM Meetings got underway on Monday and Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post was hearing rumors of interest in Marwin González from the Colorado Rockies. González certainly fits the Rockies’ organizational philosophy of versatility, having made a name for himself as a super-utility player with the Houston Astros over the last two seasons. Most of the soon to be 30-year-old González’s time has been spent at left field, shortstop, second base and first base, but he has experience at every position on the diamond aside from pitcher and catcher. Over the past two seasons, González has produced a slash line of .274/.349/.467. Noah Yingling of Rox Pile further explores how González would fit into the Rockies’ plans for 2019.
Bowden: What the top 35 MLB free agents are worth, and which teams they fit best | The Athletic ($)
Jim Bowden of The Athletic has a very detailed breakdown of the top 35 free agents of this winter’s class. Former(?) Rockies’ Adam Ottavino ranks 23rd, DJ LeMahieu 26th and Carlos González’s 32nd.
For most of the free agents, Bowden lists multiple teams as fits, rather than going with one team as a prediction. Potential players who would fit the Rockies include Michael Brantley, AJ Pollock, Andrew McCutchen, Zach Britton, Ottavino, Jeurys Familia, LeMahieu, Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Brian Dozier, and the González’s (both Marwin and Carlos).
2019 Top 50 Free Agents | FanGraphs
Kiley McDaniel and the FanGraphs staff came out with their own ranking of the top 50 free agents on Monday. They have Ottavino ranked 13th and LeMahieu 23rd, while CarGo is unranked.
Both articles from Bowden and from FanGraphs also offer contract predictions for each free agent. In the case of Marwin Gonzalez, both Bowden and McDaniel of FanGraphs predict a 3-year, $39 million deal.