Just a few years after trading Nolan Arenado to the St. Louis Cardinals and letting Trevor Story reach free agency, the Colorado Rockies are apparently ready to focus on another big-name infielder this time around.
The Rockies always surprise us, but this time, it’s actually good for baseball to see them going hard at a star, even if their recent decisions don’t make a ton of sense.
According to The Athletic, Colorado is after Kris Bryant‘s services.
“Rockies remain interested in Kris Bryant, sources have indicated to @Ken_Rosenthal and me, and it seems they are not being shy about it,” The Athletic’s Nick Groke, who covers the team, tweeted on Monday.
Rockies remain interested in Kris Bryant, sources have indicated to @Ken_Rosenthal and me, and it seems they are not being shy about it…
— Nick Groke (@nickgroke) March 14, 2022
Will Bryant Seriously Consider Colorado?
Whether or not Bryant wants to go play in Colorado is not clear, but it appears the team is actually trying to lure him.
The Rockies finished fourth in the NL West last year with a 74-87 record, and realistically, they have almost no shot at the division title this year.
With the expanded playoffs, however, Colorado might be convincing itself to bet on 2022 and invest on the roster.
Bryant hit .265/.353/.481 with 25 home runs in 144 games last season, between the Chicago Cubs and the San Francisco Giants.
The extra room in the competitive balance tax (CBT), which went up to $230 million, may give teams a little incentive to go hard after Bryant.
The Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, and even the Giants are seen as potential fits.
But the Rockies want their man and are apparently willing to be serious in their pursuit.
Will the third baseman (who can also play first and some corner outfield, too) be willing to seriously consider Colorado as his next destination?
We should never say never.