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March 13, 2014

Rumor Roundup

Competition in Coors

by Daniel Rathman


Rockies’ center-field competition a four-horse race
Most teams that have openings in their starting lineup are holding spring training competitions for two players or, in some cases, three. The Rockies? They’ve got four players contending to be manager Walt Weiss’ primary center fielder.

The quartet features Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson—homegrown players who were with the club in 2013—plus Brandon Barnes, who came over from the Astros with Jordan Lyles in the trade that sent Dexter Fowler to Houston, and Drew Stubbs, whom the Rockies acquired from the Indians for Josh Outman. Carlos Gonzalez is entrenched as the left fielder, and Michael Cuddyer was shoehorned into right field when the team made first baseman Justin Morneau its primary offseason investment.

That leaves four players for one full-time job, plus two who could see time off the bench. Weiss told reporters, including MLB.com’s Thomas Harding, that it might take the rest of the Cactus League season for him to sort out the glut.

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