The perfect team for Jose Bautista and three other free-agent sluggers

Teams looking to add power to their batting orders are in luck this offseason.

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There are a surprising number of sluggers still available on the free-agent market, including former Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista.

However, Joey Bats isn’t the only power hitter looking for work as we approach mid-January — Mark Trumbo, Brandon Moss and Mike Napoli, among others, are searching for a new team. Continue reading “The perfect team for Jose Bautista and three other free-agent sluggers”

Where will Mark Trumbo end up?

Versatile slugger has options, but what team makes the most sense?

Mark Trumbo made himself a lot of money in 2016.

While earning $9.5 million with the Baltimore Orioles on last year’s one-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles, Trumbo hit 47 home runs and drove in 108 runs while batting .256 and slugging a career-high .533.

However, as Spring Training quickly approaches, the right-handed OF/1B still finds himself without a team for the 2017 season.

Here are three places he could end up before pitchers and catchers report for duty:

Colorado Rockies: Fantasy baseball players should be salivating at the thought of having Trumbo playing his home games at Coors Field.

Yes, Colorado just signed Ian Desmond with the intention of playing him at first, but if the Rockies can land Trumbo, they can shift Desmond to the outfield and make Gerardo Parra the fourth outfielder.

That would, without a doubt, give Colorado the most dangerous lineup in all of baseball and could make the Rockies a playoff contender in the NL West.

Baltimore Orioles: Signing Trumbo to a one-year deal last season worked out better than anyone could have imagined.

Clearly, the slugger likes hitting in Baltimore, so it makes sense to bring him back to Camden Yards.

The Orioles still have an opening for him, though the team recently pulled a four-year, $50 million dollar contract off the table. However, that doesn’t mean talks are dead between the two sides.

Oakland A’s: The A’s already have a power-hitting, right-handed corner outfielder in Khris Davis, but if they sign Trumbo, they could potentially work him into the DH mix as well.

Oakland is reportedly interested in the slugger, but he wouldn’t be a full-time player like he was in Baltimore.

Still, for a team looking to add some power, the A’s are targeting the right guy in Trumbo.

3 free agents the Colorado Rockies must sign

After putting together a lethal batting order, Colorado needs to add some arms.

The Colorado Rockies have put together one of the most dangerous top-to-bottom batting orders in Major League Baseball.

From Trevor Story to Nolan Arenado to Charlie Blackmon to Carlos Gonzalez and the newly-signed Ian Desmond, there aren’t many weak spots in the Rockies’ lineup.

However, as has been the case for years in Colorado, the pitching staff leaves much to be desired. Staff “ace” Chad Bettis and closer Adam Ottavino are fine pitchers, but both of those spots could be upgraded via free agency.

If the Rockies want to have a chance to compete for a playoff spot in 2017, here are three pitchers they should try to sign this offseason:

Tyson Ross: Ross has some experience pitching in Colorado from his time with the San Diego Padres.

Coming off an injury-plagued 2016 season, Ross will look to rebound with a new team. The Rockies would do well to throw their hat in the ring for the pitcher who had 212 strikeouts and a 3.26 ERA in 196 innings in 2015.

Ross is exactly the kind of top-end pitcher who could make a difference in the young Colorado rotation and should be a top priority for GM Jeff Bridich this offseason.

Neftali Feliz: Even if the Rockies are set on using Adam Ottavino as the closer in 2017, Feliz would still be a valuable signing.

The former Texas Rangers closer struggled in 2016, giving up 10 home runs in 53.2 innings with the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, he did record 61 strikeouts while posting a 3.52 ERA.

If he can limit the home runs in spacious Coors Field, he could re-establish himself as one of the league’s best setup men.

Jason Hammel: Hammel actually has extensive experience pitching in Colorado. He spent the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons with the Rockies, posting a record of 27-30.

He gave up about one home run per nine innings with the Rockies, but he does have a respectable strikeout-to-walk ratio, so he could be a good fit for a reunion with his former squad.

Coming off a World Series win with the Cubs, he’d also add a winning mentality that would be a good fit on a young Colorado team.