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Rockies continue extension talks with Carlos Gonzalez

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The Rockies are still working on an extension offer for Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado GM Jeff Bridich says (via ESPN’s Jim Bowden). The 31-year-old outfielder is one season away from polishing off the seven-year, $80.5 million contract he signed with the Rockies in 2011, but both sides appear amenable to working out a longer deal to keep him in Colorado.

Despite losing some of the power that fueled his 40-homer campaign in 2015, Gonzalez slashed an impressive .298/.350/.505 in 2016, racking up 25 home runs, 100 RBI and a career-best 42 doubles. The Rockies have plenty of options in the outfield corners, including Gerardo Parra, David Dahl, Raimel Tapia and Jordan Patterson, and while Gonzalez remains one of the most potent left-handed bats in the lineup (among many lefties), his trade value could supersede his potential contributions on the field.

Extension rumors surfaced as early as November, but the club’s initial suggestions were thought to be well under Gonzalez’s asking price.¬†Should the two sides find themselves unable to cross that chasm, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman thinks it’s likely that the team will push for a midseason trade before the outfielder hits free agency in 2017.

Carlos Gonzalez could play some first base for the Rockies

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This seems sorta nutty at first blush but makes some sense once you think about it. Rockies manager Walt Weiss says that Carlos Gonzalez could get some work at first base during spring training.

The Rockies had an outfield logjam until yesterday, but then they traded Corey Dickerson to Tampa Bay and now everyone, more or less, has a slot. There could be a new logjam in the not-too-distant future, however, as the Rockies have a couple of outfield prospects in David Dahl and Raimel Tapia who look promising. Dahl has only played half a season of Double-A and Tapia hasn’t played higher than A-ball yet, but when you’re the Rockies you have to be looking at the future.

Gonzalez is 30. He played a full season last year, but the previous two years he suffered some injuries. And, while a healthy Gonzalez could certainly rebound with some nice seasons, it’s not wise to bet the world that he’ll be the hitter that he was in 2010-2013 for any sort of extended period. Making him versatile defensively and hedging against his legs going is probably pretty wise if you’re the Rockies. Doing things to extend your career is probably pretty wise if you’re Gonzalez.