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A high-ranking Colorado Rockies official said the team would have to be ''overwhelmed'' by a trade offer before it would consider parting with left-hander Brian Fuentes. The Marlins are known to be seeking left-handed help for their bullpen, and Fuentes has been mentioned as a player they're interested in.

 

Fuentes, 29, recently became the Rockies closer, registering three saves and a win in six appearances this month. He's 1-3 with a 2.70 ERA for the season.

 

Seems like if Leiter pitches out of the pen that'll be 3 lefties down there, so I'm not sure I'd make a costly deal (in terms of prospects) if it's solely to get another lefty, until we see how well Bentz and Valerio do. If they want to make a deal because they want the guy to be a setup man or something, that's another story.

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All this tells me is that they feel that Bentz and De Los Santos will quickly go the way of Perichoke. You don't have two lefties who are doing their job in the pen and still search for another one unless you feel that the ones you have are simply over-achieving.

 

We'll likely have to take Preston back in any deal with the Rockies...I think I'd pass.

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reporters are known to be using past facts in order to create a story. i think the marlins are comfortable w/ bentz coming out of the pen and de los santos has thrown pretty well in his past outings. only time will tell if these relievers will pan out.

 

also, it's a well known fact that pitchers coming out of colorado need to be overhualded because their confidence is completely shot after pitching in that stadium (see Mike Hampton).

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We can rough it. If there's no lefty in the organization that can throw good strikes, you can always punt the platoon advantage and bring up a good righthander in his spot.

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Mecir with his screwball is a prime example of a righty who is effective against lefties. Once Alfonseca returns, Mecir could be used against lefties.

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I'll quote Tony Reali from Around The Horn yesterday (talking about how Woody brought up Joe Kennedy as someone the Sox should be looking at):

 

You may be the first person who's ever said, "This team needs pitching help, why don't they go after a...Rockies pitcher?" ;)

 

And yeah, I think we'll be fine with the lefties we've got plus Mecir. This seems like a move just for the sake of making one.

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I disagree, I like the idea of getting a GOOD lefthanded specialist -- yes, you can get by without one, but Jack certainly cannot. He's fallen in love with lefty/lefty matchup. I don't trust De Lo Santos at all -- I haven't seen enough of Bentz to have a solid opinion...

 

That being said, I wouldn't trade the farm for Fuentes. He's a good reliever, but not someone to cut an arm off for.

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