Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rockies are close to an agreement with outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on a one-year deal.
Gonzalez, 32, hit a disappointing .262/.339/.423 with 14 home runs and 57 RBI in 534 plate appearances last season in Colorado.
The Rockies’ outfield is crowded as it is, so Gonzalez will likely have to split time with Gerardo Parra in right field. Charlie Blackmon has the starting job in center field and Ian Desmond has left field. The Rockies will also want to find space for Raimel Tapia and David Dahl.
Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.
Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.
Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.