Good take on the Mora signing, especially with the Rockies having Stewart, a free swinging lefty, penned in for third.
However, I think I know what you mean by “light hitting”, but a 2B with .468 and .440 SLG (.178 and .195 ISO) isn’t exactly light. Despite somehow raising his walk rate by 1%, he just doesn’t get on base, which was exacerbated by a low BABIP last year.
Even with a strong showing in Spring Training, I have trouble seeing Eric Young Jr making the team, much less usurping Barmes for the starting role. The FO has signed Jason Giambi and Melvin Mora now to major league contracts, and there’s no reason to suspect either will miss the 25-man roster. With Seth Smith and Ryan Spilborghs firmly entrenched as the outfield bench, there’s just no room for Young to wiggle in.
I dont know. You sign Lopez and you have an immediate OBP boost and Barmes is a much better UTIL guy than Mora. Barmes could platoon with Stewart if needed or he could play 2nd and Lopez could help relieve all those lefties in the OF.
I agree with the comparison of Barmes to Lopez and/or O Dogg, but that takes Mora out of the argument and thats the point of the article. The argument i have is Lopez/O Dogg vs Mora. Mora just seems to have little value on the Rox.
“With Seth Smith … firmly entrenched as the outfield bench.”
I so much wish this weren’t true. More important and better than any free agent or trade move the Rockies could make this offseason would be to commit to Smith over Hawpe in the outfield. I love Hawpe’s bat as much as the next guy, but his defense is brutal.