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Rockies acquire Josh Wilson

By Troy E. Renck

Denver Post Staff Writer

 

When the Florida Marlins hung a line in the water for closer Brian Fuentes last July, they reeled in a boot. The Rockies told them he was off limits, but during the talks Colorado officials mentioned someone they had interest in: Josh Wilson.

 

While still working on other roster moves, including the finalization of Byung-Hyun Kim's contract, the Rockies acquired Wilson today to compete for their open utility infielder role.

 

Colorado missed out on Junior Spivey and couldn't find financial compromise with Willie Harris. Though Alex S. Gonzalez, Ramon Martinez and Luis Rivas are available - and the Rockies have expressed varying degrees of interest in all three - Wilson provides depth and potential.

 

He was designated for assignment two days ago, leaving the Marlins 10 days to trade or release him. The Rockies moved quickly, agreeing to sending a player to be named or cash for Wilson, who hit .257 with in Triple-A Albuquerque last season.

 

Wilson, 24, made his major league debut last September and played in 11 games for the Marlins.

 

The Rockies have been hammering out the final details of a one-year, $1.5 million contract for Kim, expected to fill out the fourth spot in the starting rotation.

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He was designated for assignment two days ago, leaving the Marlins 10 days to trade or release him. The Rockies moved quickly, agreeing to sending a player to be named or cash for Wilson, who hit .257 with in Triple-A Albuquerque last season.

 

 

 

 

...or cash?.....ew, at least get some warm body back.

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I think that this year in particular, the Marlins' lack of attention to our infield prospects over the years is hurting us. I think that Hanley Ramirez alone is better than every other infield prospect we have combined. Our FO has been drafting almost totally pitching over the past 4 years or so, and then during this Fire Sale, we received almost all pitchers in return. Only Ramirez and Mike Jacobs were the significant infielders we got back.

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