The 2019 campaign has not been kind to Yonder Alonso but the 32-year-old is reportedly getting a chance to restore his on-field value in a new home. Jon Heyman of MLB Network brings word that the Colorado Rockies have invested a minor league contract in Alonso, hoping that he will rekindle the positive mojo at the plate that earned him a lucrative contract with the Cleveland Indians.
After Alonso enjoyed a breakout 2017 season in which he hit a career-high 28 home runs and posted a career-best .501 slugging percentage, he signed a two-year deal in Cleveland. From there, he was shipped to the Chicago White Sox as part of a deal before the 2019 season and, while it did make on-field sense alongside Jose Abreu, there was speculation that Alonso could have been acquired in part to appeal to Manny Machado. Because Alonso is Machado's brother-in-law, that line of thinking may have had merit but, ultimately, Machado signed elsewhere and Alonso struggled badly in Chicago.
In fact, the first baseman and designated hitter hit just .178/.275/.301 with seven home runs in 67 games and, because of that downturn in production, Alonso hit the market as a free agent midseason. Though it is unclear as to whether he has anything left in the tank, the Rockies can provide a hitter-friendly environment should Alonso make his way back to the major leagues. Beyond that, his pre-2019 production would be satisfactory in a supporting role and the Rockies are executing a buy-low move in this instance.
Colorado currently sits one game under the .500 mark and, as such, visions of a World Series run are fading fast in Denver. Still, Alonso could provide value if he turns things around and this is the kind of move that makes sense for almost any organization.