With the injury of 26-year-old outfielder Sean Bouchard, who is expected to miss some time this season, the Rockies on Sunday signed veteran outfielder Jurickson Profar to a one-year, $7.75 million contract. Multiple reports say that Profar will be Colorado’s starting left fielder. Kris Bryant is expected to move from left field to right field, and Yonathan Daza will remain in center. Profar participated in the World Baseball Classic for Team Netherlands, managed by Hensley Meulens, the new hitting coach for the Rockies. Last season with the Padres, Profar hit .243 with 15 home runs, 58 runs batted in, 36 doubles, and a .331 OBP. The addition of Jurickson Profar to the Rockies team adds much-needed depth to the lineup with the injuries the Rockies have suffered this spring.
While the Rockies were unable to bring in a guy like Brandon Nimmo or Cody Bellinger this offseason, they finally got their left-handed leadoff hitter in Profar. Randal Grichuk, who will be sharing center field with Daza and occasionally DH on days when Charlie Blackmon is not playing, underwent sports hernia surgery last month and is on the road to be back with the club sometime in April.