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So if we continue playing well and stay in the thick of things, rumor has it we may be buyers rather than sellers this year. I found this article interesting:

 

Rosenthal's Latest: Rockies Could Trade Holliday

 

In Ken Rosenthal's latest column, he sees Matt Holliday as a prime candidate to be traded this summer. Rosenthal notes that the Rockies are already 10 games back and have very little chance of signing Holliday to an extension. Holliday is signed through '09 with $13MM due next season.

 

Previously, Rosenthal speculated that the Rockies might be willing to go to 6 years/$96MM to keep last year's NL MVP runner-up. However, all we know of Holliday's demands are that he wants more than a four-year deal.

 

Rosenthal thinks that the Rockies could also seek to move Brian Fuentes and Garrett Atkins. Fuentes is eligible for free agency after this season and Atkins will be in his second year of arbitration eligibility and is not eligible for free agency until after next season.

 

Rosenthal also suggests that the Rockies may be willing to accept low-level, high-ceiling prospects in return as they are deep in prospects at AA and AAA.

 

(taken from mlbtraderumors.com, citing Ken Rosenthal).

 

 

It would be fantastic to have Holliday on this team as a late season rental. I don't think the Marlins would have any chance of signing him obviously, but he would be a good guy to have for the stretch run if we're still in it. Thoughts?

 

 

(open topic for "too early"/"not gonna happen"/"you're stupid, leave this board" posts.

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2009 = $13 million.

 

Doesn't that run counter to dealing with our dozen or so players due to go to arbitration next season for the first time (regardless of who or how many the reader expects will be here next season) AND paying him more than we'll be paying Hanley in the first year of his new contract?

 

As for Atkins and Fuentes, at least the bleeding stops after this season and at the trade deadline or around then, with more than half our games played, either one would be a quality pickup for a team competing down the stretch at about $2-2.5 million plus probably a quality prospect or two (don't know the Rockies prospects well enough to say what they would be looking for, pitcher or position player).

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Posistions we are weak in, in order of urgency.

 

1) Catcher

2) Catcher

3) Catcher

4) Centerfield

5) Catcher

6) Third Base

 

The last thing we need is another corner OFer, expecially a Coors product.

 

This...

 

Im dying for a catcher, and would absolutely be crazy for Salty, Ramirez, Teagarden, Clement... any of them if the price doesn't kill us

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I would go crazy if Teagarden or Salty ended up with the Fish i absolutely love those 2 guys, i wanted to post this as a hypothetical question what if it was Atkins instead of Holliday would that in your eyes make more sense than Holliday? Even if Willingham continues to be injured?

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Garret Atkins is a below average defender (Not much better than Cabrera, and Cabrera has a lot better arm. I'll never understand all the hate Cabs gets for his glove when there are a lot other 3B's just as bad as him). And again, it comes down to Coors. .923 OPS at coors, .794 OPS away. At that point he'd be an fringe-average offensive 3B with bad defense, and we already get that out of Cantu.

 

Now Ian Stewart I'd be interested in, but it's unlikely that they'd trade him. Trading Atkins and playing Stewart makes so much more sense then the other way around, and I'm sure that's the route they'll go.

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I would go crazy if Teagarden or Salty ended up with the Fish i absolutely love those 2 guys, i wanted to post this as a hypothetical question what if it was Atkins instead of Holliday would that in your eyes make more sense than Holliday? Even if Willingham continues to be injured?

 

Atkins would be more useful to us than Holliday in terms of cost and position of need, but still not up there... CF and C, those are our targets... unless someone's basically throwing an Atkins at us...

 

We're one of the lucky teams that aren't going to be in need of pitching if we're in it come deadline deal times, Bullpen nor Starters... we're decent at every position sans CF and C, so we can afford to be "picky" if it comes down to it. Though, any of those catching names I mentioned, Texas might match up best with us, because they're gonna need pitching like crazy, and we can fill that need, and they have a surplus of catching

 

We'll see what happens though

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I still think we need another bullpen arm or two. Fuentes would be a brilliant addition.

 

Holliday would be nice, but offense is not the big problem. They need to sure up the pitching staff or get more consistency there.

 

We're gonna start get arms back around the all-star break... we don't need arms like we need CF and C... we already have a great bullpen

 

At most we'll get an innings eater, 3-4-5 starter, but we'll have Mitre and Anibal come back, and then Johnson

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