The Rockies, a team that could certainly use a seasoned first baseman, are interested in Carlos Santana from the Seattle Mariners. This isn’t the first time they’ve taken a look at the infielder, as they also were in talks for him when he was with the Phillies. Santana would help to fill the void at first base, and he could give the team some offensive power. He still has $34.5 million left on his contract, and while this is a bit pricey, he has the potential to be worth it if he can give us that much needed consistency in his position as well as at bat. If the Mariners are willing to absorb some of that $34.5 million, he might be the perfect fit for the Rockies.
Jim Bowden of ESPN also noted that the Rockies are looking at Cleveland first baseman Edwin Encarnación.
The Rockies reached out to the Diamondbacks just to see what kinds of demands would be made in order to obtain Paul Goldschmidt. The price tag likely included some high-level prospects. He ended up in St. Louis in exchange for a pitcher, a catcher, and an infielder. The Rockies didn’t really expect to be able to get the first baseman, although it would have given us some real power at first. The Diamondbacks also weren’t likely to trade within the division. It never hurts to check, though.
The second day of the Winter Meetings was pretty eventful, despite the Rockies not making any definitive moves for the 2019 season. There were two former Rockies making some waves — Jordan Lyles and Troy Tulowitzki. Lyles is working on a deal with the Pirates, while Tulowitzki was released from the Blue Jays with $38 million left on his contract. The Rockies were taking a look at Andrew McCutchen, but he was snatched up by the Phillies, who offered him a solid deal. Finally, there was some talk about coaches, with interest in Mike Redmond, who would bring major league experience. Also, the Rockies have hired Dave Magadan as their new hitting coach, so hopefully he can bring us some better offensive production in the new season.