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Heyman | Rockies reunion still possible for CarGo

Jon Heyman



Sep 12, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez (5) hits a two run home run in the third inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
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The Colorado Rockies are staying in contact with their longtime star Carlos Gonzalez, and there’s still a chance they could bring him back.

Gonzalez is talking to a couple of teams but apparently hasn’t been able to procure a deal to his liking. So a reunion for the three-time All-Star hasn’t been ruled out.

Rockies superstar third baseman Nolan Arenado recently said the team missed CarGo, a seeming hint that he’d like to see him return. The Rockies haven’t replaced him yet, but are hoping for a healthy year for talented youngster David Dahl and are interested to see what outfield prospect Raimel Tapia can do. They also have 2017 MVP candidate Charlie Blackmon, Ian Desmond and Gerardo Parra for the outfield, but there could room for CarGo, especially if Desmond plays some first base.

CaGo had an uncharacteristically rough season last year, hitting .262 with 14 home runs and 57 RBI, but he rallied and played well the last several weeks. From September 1 through the end of the season, he hit .377 with six home runs and 16 RBI over 93 plate appearances, posting a superb 1.250 OPS. 

Gonzalez has been connected to a few teams, including the World Series-champion Houston Astros, but it isn’t known where the outside interest lies now. He is one of several stars still seeking a job with three weeks to go before the season starts. It isn’t know what the Rockies are offering – if anything – but there’d be reason to think he’d like to go back there, if possible.

Entering the offseason, it was thought he’d probably do a one-year deal off his rough 2017 season, and while not many would have predicted Colorado, it could still turn out that he stays a Rockie after all. 

Jon Heyman is an MLB Insider for FanRag Sports, featuring breaking news, information and his Inside Baseball column, which appears on FanRagSports.com every Thursday. Heyman also has been an insider at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009 and is a regular contributor to WFAN in New York, where he appears weekly on the Joe and Evan Show and previously appeared on the Mike and the Mad Dog Show. He also appears on WSCR in Chicago, WBZ-FM in Boston and the Petros and Money Show on Fox in Los Angeles. Heyman comes to FanRag Sports from CBSSports.com, where he worked for five years and wrote the popular Inside Baseball notes column. Before going to CBS, Heyman worked for five years at Sports Illustrated and SI.com, where he was a senior writer and started an Inside Baseball Column. Heyman worked for 16 years at Newsday in New York, where he was the Yankees beat writer, a baseball columnist and finally a general sports columnist. Heyman started his career at the Moline (Ill.) Daily Dispatch, then moved to the Los Angeles Copley Newspapers (Torrance Daily Breeze and Santa Monica Outlook) before going to Newsday. Heyman at one time also served as a national baseball writer for The Sporting News. Heyman is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The Santa Fe, N.M. native grew up in Cedarhurst, N.Y., on Long Island.