Colorado Rockies turn their attention to several key free agents

Sep 10, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney (21) singles during the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Now that the Colorado Rockies have cleared the air about outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, now they can turn their attention to adding other pieces to their franchise.

This team was one of the most dangerous teams in the National League a couple seasons ago but have fallen off the radar as of late. It’s clear they’re in somewhat of a rebuild stage and believe they’re close to being contenders once again.

So what do you do when you feel as if you’re that close to contending again? Try to bring in some of the best free agents that you can afford.

The Rockies are looking to add another starter for their rotation, a couple arms in the bullpen (closer spot mainly) and need to find someone who can take over first base now that Todd Helton has retired from baseball.

According to Troy Renck on Twitter, the Rockies have checked up on free agents Justin Morneau, Mike Napoli, James Loney and even Ike Davis.

Last season the Tampa Bay Rays got a steal with James Loney as he hit 13 home runs, 75 RBI’s with a batting line of .299/.348/.430 across the line.

Morneau wasn’t able to carry his offense over to Pittsburgh after he was traded. So through 127 games with the Twins and 25 with the Pirates, Morneau hit 17 home runs, drove in 74 RBI’s and hit .259/.323/.411. He’s looking to play for a winner, but will more than likely have to settle for what’s offered.

Mike Napoli will be the most expensive of the group but will be worth it. Yeah he has a hip problem, but it didn’t really show itself this season as Napoli was able to hit 23 home runs, 92 RBI’s and a line of .259/.360/.482 in a World Series season with the Red Sox.

Last but not least, we have Ike Davis. Davis will more than likely be the cheapest of the group after he hit just nine home runs and drove in 33 RBI’s this season. Ike was able to hit 32 home runs in 2012 with 90 RBI’s but dealt with a strained right oblique this season.

Davis finished the 2013 season with a batting line of .205/.326/.334.

So Rockies fans, which do you prefer? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Topics: Colorado Rockies, Ike Davis, James Loney, Justin Moreanu, Mike Napoli

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