The Rockies are keeping an eye on the second base market with shortstop Troy Tulowitzki out for about two months with a wrist injury.
You might be puzzled as to why Colorado is looking for second basemen and not shortstops if short has the vacancy, but the answer is really quite simple.
Even when Tulowitzki was healthy, the Rockies were reportedly looking for a second baseman to replace incumbent Clint Barmes. Now that Tulo's out, Barmes has shifted to short, opening up a gaping hole at second. If and when second is filed (whether internally by someone such as Eric Young, Jr. currently working his way back from injury or externally), Barmes can remain at short. Then, upon Tulo's return, the Rockies have the infield alignment they were targeting all along.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Colorado is "keeping an eye on Dan Uggla and Ty Wigginton." He notes that the Rockies have the prospects to swing a deal, which is important when considering Uggla is a Marlin and Wigginton is part of the rebuilding Orioles.
Uggla would give the Rockies some thump in the middle of the order. Wigginton would too, although his current offensive success is somewhat of a fluke. What he loses in offense compared to Uggla, however, he gains in defensive versatality, being able to play all over the diamond.
Colorado is currently 36-33, four games out of first place.
-- Evan Brunell
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