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Carlos Santana would be a good fit for Rockies, but competition to sign him is fierce – The Denver Post

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Carlos Santana at first base for the Rockies seems like an excellent match, and the club is indeed interested in bringing the free-agent slugger to Coors Field.

But as general manager Jeff Bridich is fond of saying, “It takes two to tango.” And right now, Santana seems to have his pick of partners. Several teams are interested in signing the veteran slugger, including Boston, San Diego, Texas, Philadelphia, Seattle and Cleveland, the team he has played for over his entire big-league career, covering seven-plus seasons.

Initial reports said that the Indians initially offered Santana a three-year, $36 million deal, but they are prepared to hike their offer if need be.

How serious are the Rockies about bidding for Santana?

“Theoretically, he is a fit, yes,” Bridich said Monday as the winter meetings heated up. “He’s made himself into a very good first baseman. So theoretically, yes. Practically? We’ll see.”

Santana, who turns 32 on April 8, batted .259 with a .363 on-base percentage, a .455 slugging percentage, 23 home runs and 79 RBIs last season for Cleveland, after belting a career-high 34 homers with an .865 OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) in 2016.

If the Rockies don’t land a veteran first baseman this winter, they could turn to rookie Ryan McMahon.

“Does he have the tools and the talent to be thought of as our starting first baseman? I think so,” Bridich said of McMahon. “But I don’t think that will prevent us from looking at the market and other things to see if we can better our team.”

Closer look. The Rockies’ No. 1 offseason priority remains shoring up the bullpen and finding a closer. One of the hot rumors Monday was Colorado’s interest in swinging a trade for Tampa Bay closer Alex Colome. However, the Rockies are still talking to Greg Holland about returning to Colorado.

“It’s fair to say the door is still open,” Bridich said.

Regarding a possible trade for Colome, who had 47 saves for the Rays last season, Bridich said there has been “conversations,” but he added that it was “just normal, general stuff.” As many as five other teams are interested in Colome, including St. Louis.

“Some of those ideas started to get floated around at the GM meetings (in November) and then teams have time to start to think through stuff,” Bridich said.

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