Something big is missing from the Rockies’ spring training clubhouse. There’s no denying it. That something is Carlos Gonzalez. “I think it would be safe to say that everyone here misses him, really badly,” all-star third baseman Nolan Arenado said Monday. “Don’t get me wrong, I think we have strong group of guys, but we miss CarGo’s energy and laughter. I know a lot of guys miss him — even if they won’t voice it — because we have talked about it since we all got here. “CarGo kept things light. He was a good balance for guys like me; guys who are kind of serious. I mean, CarGo could be serious, but at the same time, he kept everyone loose.” Gonzalez was the king of the Rockies’ clubhouse. The all-star outfielder was a leader and a confidant, and perhaps the team’s most magnetic personality. Players were drawn to him. “I miss him a lot,” 23-year-old right-hander German Marquez said. “He’s a good person and he’s a veteran guy and he was my friend. He gave me confidence. He was good to the young guys, all of the young guys, not just the Latin guys.” But Gonzalez is not holding court in the corner of the Salt River Fields clubhouse this spring. Instead, he remains a free agent, working out in Florida while he waits to hook up with his next team. Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich has remained in contact with Gonzalez and his agent, Scott Boras, but there has been no indication that Colorado is going to re-sign Gonzalez.
Nolan Arenado says Carlos Gonzalez greatly missed in Rockies’ clubhouse
Denver Post | Feb 27