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Rockies news and links for February 19, 2018

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Colorado Rockies: The case for getting Corey Dickerson | Rox Pile

On Saturday, the Tampa Bay Rays designated Corey Dickerson for assignment. This was something of a confusing move after he had an All-Star performance last year. He is also an affordable player, only making $5.9 million in 2018. The Rockies might want to look into getting him back in Denver. Noah Yingling looks at some arguments in his favor, starting with the fact that we still could use a solid outfielder. With Ian Desmond having a history of injury and Gerardo Parra suffering a hand injury that’ll take him out for 4-6 weeks, Dickerson could be an answer to the Rockies’ need.

Dickerson also would provide the Rockies with a consistent bat, something the Rockies have been looking for this offseason. The only Rockies who put up better batting numbers that Dickerson last year are, unsurprisingly, Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon. Also, the Rockies could probably pick him up for just above the league minimum, as the Rays are not likely to find someone willing to pay his full salary. Finally, Dickerson’s history with the Rockies is another point in his favor. Colorado drafted him back in 2009, and he did pretty well in a Rockies uniform. With the offseason winding down, this might be the opportunity the Rockies have been looking for.

Healthy Desmond looking to rebound in ‘18 | Rockies.com

Ian Desmond spent a lot of 2017 injured. However, the 32-year-old is hoping for something completely different this year. Desmond brings both a veteran style and some versatility to the Rockies. After playing shortstop for several years, he has done some outfield work and is even a possibility as a fill-in at first for the Rockies. This offseason, though, he has been preparing to play in left field, with Ryan McMahon looking likely to step in at first. There is a lot of competition for the outfield positions, but Desmond is ready to step up. And as long as he’s healthy, he’s happy. Desmond is up there in terms of pay for the Rockies, coming in at $22 million this year. He’s ready to play this year, hopefully bringing the team a solid defender as well as a strong bat.

Rockies’ Trevor Story poised to rebound from 2017 slump | Denver Post

Rockies’ shortstop Trevor Story is ready to get back into the swing of things in 2018. After an incredible start, he was plagued by injuries and then a bit of a sophomore slump. He understands now that being the major leagues requires a lot of adjustment, and he has worked at that in the offseason. He took what happened last year and learned from it, talking to his teammates and finding empathy. After a league-high 191 strikeouts, he has studied his swing and at-bats, and will do everything to get past that struggle.

Bud Black has supported him in this, pointing out that a good amount of what Story needs is to get out of his own head. A good mental state is huge in baseball, and hopefully Story can find what he needs to get there. After such a strong start in 2016 (and Story puns galore), pitchers figured him out. Given this, and his injury, his slump makes some sense. But he rocked it at shortstop defensively last year, and everyone has some high hopes for him this year.

West Notes: Hosmer, CarGo, Rox, Mariners, D-Backs, Giants | MLB Trade Rumors

So we know that the Padres have signed Eric Hosmer, with a huge, 8-year, $144 million deal. There’s more going on in the west, so let’s take a look. According to Jeff Bridich, the Rockies are still in talks with Scott Boras regarding Carlos Gonzalez. Along with Corey Dickerson, CarGo could be a good option for the Rockies to have some security in the outfield. There are certainly people who would be excited to see Gonzalez back at Coors Field, and the stars just might align for him in 2018.