The Colorado Rockies may look to sure-up their offense as the off season comes to a close, with pitchers and catchers reporting on February 13th. The Rockies made several moves to bolster what some are calling a “super bullpen,” with key signings in relievers Wade Davis and Bryan Shaw. The Rockies face several challenges, highlighted by the decision as to whether or not to resign outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and first baseman Mark Reynolds.

Carlos Gonzalez, who was acquired from the Oakland Athletics in a trade for Matt Holliday before the 2009 season, has grown into a Rockies fan-favorite and one of the longest tenured players on the Rockies. Gonzalez, who has a career slash line of .288/.346/.511, is rumored to have turned down a mega deal last off season. However, with a drop in his production in 2017, the Rockies management is left in a predicament as to whether or not to bring him back to the Mile High City. Gonzalez slashed just .262/.339/.423 last season, while only producing fourteen home runs and fifty-seven RBIs. As the season wore on, manager Bud Black turned to players like Gerrardo Parra, Ian Desmond, and even rookie Raimel Tapia in favor of Gonzalez, who never caught fire in 2017. With the Rockies returning a young promising talent in David Dahl who missed all of last season with injury, it remains to be seen if Carlos Gonzalez, and the type of money he is sure to demand, will be of necessity for the Rockies to bring back.

First basemen Mark Reynolds has spent the past two years manning first base for the Rockies, slashing .267/.352/.487 with thirty home runs and 97 RBIs in 2017. Reynolds played 148 games, and was a staple in the 5 spot of the Rockies lineup in 2017. However, with a prospect like Ryan McMahon who has been absolutely mashing in the minor leagues, it may be time for journeyman Mark Reynolds to be disposed of in favor of budding young talent.

The Rockies appear to have lost a bidding war for free agent third basemen Todd Frazier, who signed a two-year, $17 million dollar deal with the New York Mets earlier in the week. Frazier likely would have played first for the Rockies, but with his name now off the market, a notoriously thin offensive free agent market leaves the Rockies with little prospect outside of Reynolds and Gonzalez.

Colorado has done a good job in free agency thus far bolstering their bullpen, but it remains to be seen which offensive pieces they will choose to add or pass on. Either way, playing at Coors Field, the Rockies figure to be one of the top offensive teams in the league.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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