‘Tis the season for bottom-feeding, and the Rockies are an example of a team trying to address minor needs.
Club officials specifically are looking at free agents in three areas, according to major-league sources.
• Rotation depth. The Rockies want a veteran who can give them 12 to 15 respectable starts when needed. Right-handers Dave Bush and Rodrigo Lopez are targets.
• Left-handed relief. Ideally, the Rockies would like to sign a veteran such as Mark Hendrickson or Joe Beimel to a minor-league deal. Franklin Morales and Matt Reynolds are their current left-handed options.
• Infield. Alfredo Amezaga, Cristian Guzman and Aaron Miles are among the possibilities for a backup role.
The Rockies also maintain interest in Michael Young — if the Rangers choose to move him. However, the team has taken on additional commitments since first discussing Young with the Rangers at the winter meetings, signing reliever Matt Lindstrom to a two-year, $6.6 million contract and awarding outfielder Carlos Gonzalez a $3 million signing bonus in his new seven-year, $80 million deal.
Young is guaranteed $16 million in each of the next three seasons, and the Rangers would have to include significant cash to facilitate a trade.