While I'm of the belief that outfield Gold Gloves should be rewarded for each of the three positions in the outfield, rather than just a generic "outfield" spot, last season Carlos Gonzalez seemed to earn his working at all three spots. The Gold Glover started 55 games in center, 51 in left and 34 in right.
This season, Rockies manager Jim Tracy wants Gonzalez to be a left field and a left fielder only.
"He's earned it," Tracy told reporters, according to the Denver Post's Jim Armstrong. "You have to show respect for the player."
Not that it seems to bother Gonzalez.
"I'm here to play whatever he wants me to play," Gonzalez said. "I'm sure if he needs a right fielder, I'll be the first person to say I'll play there. I'm here to help the team."
Dexter Fowler will be the team's everyday center fielder, while the right field spot may be up in the air. The Rockies hope Seth Smith wins the job in spring, but if he doesn't, Ryan Spilborghs and Ty Wigginton could see time there.
Last season, Gonzalez was best in left field, according to UZR/150, recording a 12.6 rating there. He had a -8.6 UZR/150 in center and -18.6 in right. His career UZR/150 ratings are a little better, 13.3 in left, 3.7 in center and 0.8 in right. He finished 10th in the Fielding Bible Awards among left fielders last season.
As for the Gold Glove? Well, we all know the bat is a big part of that -- and no matter where he plays, Gonzalez certainly brings his bat. He finished with .336/.376/.598 with 34 home runs and 117 RBI last season.-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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