Colorado Rockies Have Infielders They Can Shop in the Offseason

Paul Francis Sullivan@@sullybaseballChief Writer IOctober 31, 2012

DENVER, CO - MAY 28:  Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Colorado Rockies makes an acrobatic throw to first base to complete the double play to end the 10th inning as Marwin Gonzalez #9 of the Houston Astros slides into second during the 10th inning at Coors Field on May 28, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  The Rockies defeated the Astros 7-6 in 10 innings/ (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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The Colorado Rockies have many holes on their team that need to be filled this offseason. The top priority would be a manager and then hopefully bringing back some veterans who were hurt in 2012.

Jorge de la Rosa and Troy Tulowitzki should be back, giving the team some help in the rotation and the lineup.

Tulowitzki's return should give the Rockies terrific depth in the infield, one that could put the team in a position to trade not veterans but youth to other rebuilding clubs.

The veteran Tulowitzki will be only 28 years old and is essential to the team as their leader and de facto captain.

23-year-old infielders Josh Rutledge and D.J. LeMahieu performed well enough in the regular season to make Marco Scutaro expendable. The Scuatro deal yielded Charlie Culberson, another 23-year-old infielder.

27-year-old Jordan Pacheco played both the corner infield spots well and 26-year-old Chris Nelson handled third base. Third baseman Nolan Arenado is one of Colorado's brightest prospects.

The Rockies should contact some of the many teams with infield depth issues and offer up one or two of their young gloves.

Josh Vitters does not appear to be a solid solution for the Chicago Cubs at third base.

The Miami Marlins infield is paper thin besides Jose Reyes at shortstop.

The Minnesota Twins will be playing Brian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe every day and could use either depth or competition.

The Philadelphia Phillies need a third baseman, with Freddy Galvis the likely starter as of now.

The Toronto Blue Jays desperately need a second baseman.

It is time to call all of those organizations and see what they are willing to part with. As tough as it would be to part with a young player, they have young infielders to spare.

Now they need to spread the talent around to make the team a contender again.