The Rockies are “keeping track” of free agents Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Trumbo, general manager Jeff Bridich said Tuesday on MLB Network Radio.
Colorado has been aggressive this winter, signing Ian Desmond to a 5-year deal and Mike Dunn to a 3-year deal in recent weeks. The Rockies are expected to continue looking for offensive additions, and have been linked to top sluggers like Trumbo and Encarnacion as a speculative fit.
The Rox are likely looking for a bargain deal on Encarnacion or Trumbo after committing $70 million to Desmond and $19 million to Dunn, and could get one as the calendar turns to January. With many sluggers still available on the free-agent market, teams will likely be able to get bargains in the next couple months as players scramble to find deals.
The markets for both Encarnacion and Trumbo are a bit murky at this point, as each player’s former team (the Blue Jays and Orioles, respectively) have seemed to back off after initially strong pursuits. Trumbo has also been linked to the Mariners and Rangers, while Encarnacion has drawn at least some recent interest from the Indians and Athletics. No clear favorite exists for either player at this point.