The Upside to the Rockies signing of Morneau
The Colorado Rockies signed former MVP Justin Morneau to a two year deal for $13 million. It appears this acquisition is being panned by outside observers of base and ball. I don’t know how this is going to turn out for the Rockies but there are a few facts in favor of their new first baseman.
- Three years ago Morneau was awesome! He hit .345 with a .618 slugging.
- In 2013 his on-base percentage was higher than that posted by Manny Machado, Josh Hamilton and Adam Jones.
- The new Rockie hit more home runs this year than his predecessor Todd Helton, Billy Butler, Buster Posey, Victor Martinez and Jason Heyward.
- Justin Morneau is younger than Shane Victorino, Matt Holliday and Nick Swisher.
We will probably know by the all-star break if the Morneau signing is a good one for Colorado. My guess is that he will surprise to the upside in 2014.