When the 2014 season begins, it’ll be the first since 1997 where Todd Helton isn’t manning first base for the Colorado Rockies.
Strange no doubt, but knowing they need to find a replacement, the Rockies have a short list of players they’re interested in – one of which is Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman, Justin Morneau.
Morneau, who the Pirates acquired from the Minnesota Twins for a playoff run is questionable (at best) to return to Pittsburgh and could thrive in the rarefied Colorado air.
Per the Denver Post:
But acquiring Justin Morneau isn’t a longshot. He is on the Rockies’ radar. They need some thunder, whether it’s right- or left-handed. Morneau, a free agent, will give the Pirates an opportunity to keep him after having a good experience there during the final month of the season. But he’s open to signing with the Rockies, and will consider them.
Morneau is an under-the-radar type signing, a guy who won’t bring a lot of headlines but will produce on a daily basis for a relatively cheap (at least in regards to market price) contract. The Rockies could certainly do worse.