Inbox: How will the outfield shake up?
Beat reporter Thomas Harding answers fans' questions
The outfield is looking crowded with Brad Hawpe as the only sure everyday starter, but clearly Carlos Gonzalez, Dexter Fowler, Ryan Spilborghs and Seth Smith are capable of more than platoon play. What are your thoughts on the shakeout?
-- Alex C., Virginia Beach
-- Emilio M., California The Rockies are going to let Iannetta and Olivo compete in Spring Training to see how the division of playing time falls. Olivo has been a high-risk, high-reward swinger offensively, while Iannetta has shown greater on-base performance. Both could give the Rockies uncommon power from the catching position.
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-- Brandan G., Littleton, Colo. There were no such deals last year. The team acquired righty reliever Rafael Betancourt and lefty reliever Joe Beimel to improve weak spots, rather than to deal with budget or non-performance problems. If the Rockies do not sign closer Huston Street to a multiyear deal this offseason and fall out of the race, he could be a candidate to be dealt. Righty Manuel Corpas, the one-time closer, and lefty Franklin Morales could step into the closer role. However, if the Rockies are in the race, having three power arms and Betancourt at the back of the bullpen presents a challenge for opponents.
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