The Rockies made their annual September surge, only for Colorado to fold down the stretch.
The club can't afford to have anymore of these slow starts only to turn it on in the second half -- there is a window of opportunity to win, as shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is only too well aware of.
"We like our chances that we are going to be together for the next three years, and really that could be the end of it," Tulo observed to the Denver Post . "It's going to be tough to keep all three of us, I'll tell you that. I want it to happen, and I want it to happen here."
Along those same lines, the Rockies are looking for impact bats -- one to start in the outfield and one who could complement Todd Helton at first. They may also need a catcher, as it's likely Miguel Olivo declines his mutual option in search of a more lucrative contract. Unless Colorado is ready to turn the job over to Chris Iannetta -- and based on their actions over the past year, that's not happening -- the club also needs a catcher.
Enter Victor Martinez, who Troy Renck of the Post says the Rockies will target. Martinez could catch and then spell Todd Helton at first base. Given Helton's weakness is against lefties and Iannetta flourishes against southpaws, it could be a perfect platoon. Given that V-Mart is going to have countless suitors, however, Colorado likely won't be able to compete with the offers the backstop will receive.
Renck names Conor Jackson as a low-cost alternative that could platoon with Helton. Jackson is coming off a second-straight injury plagued season but shouldn't find much trouble finding a bench spot somewhere.
-- Evan Brunell
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