MLB rumors: Rockies to look at James Loney if unable to sign Justin Morneau

Oct 5, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney (21) slides to try and catch a foul ball during the third inning in game two of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies cast a massively wide net this offseason in hopes of snagging a big name free agent. So far, they’ve struck out but that doesn’t mean they’ve given up, despite having to court some lesser known names.

In recent days, we’ve learned that the Rockies are making a hard push to sign veteran first baseman Justin Morneau, but Colorado is far from his only potential suitor. On paper, the two seem like a great matchup but that hasn’t stopped players from signing elsewhere before.

If they do miss out on Moreanu though, it’s expected Colorado will turn their attention to fellow free agent first baseman, James Loney:

I believe they can get Morneau on a two-year deal with an option. That’s just an educated guess right now. … If they can’t get him, they are expected to move to James Loney.

Morneau is the better player between the two, though, the gap isn’t exactly substantical and both should do well in the offensive friendly Coors Field as they replace Todd Helton.

Topics: Colorado Rockies, James Loney, Justin Morneau

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