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Tracking the Colorado Rockies Rumor Mill

January 6th, 2013 at 6:20 PM
By Milton Herman

The Colorado Rockies have been mentioned as a seller in the trade market for the past year. This is still the case in the months before sporing training as Colorado needs to bolster a pitching staff that had a league worst 5.81 ERA last year. 

Dexter Fowler is most likely to be moved for a quality starter. The 26-year-old is coveted because of his range in center field and improvement behind the plate last season. 

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported the Atlanta Braves showed interest in Fowler, a Atlanta native. They are still searching for a leadoff man to compliment B.J. Upton. The Braves have the 10th best youth system, says baseball prospectus.  

The other names mentioned are Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. These would be devastating losses but Dan O'Dowd and Co. may feel there is enough young talent to make up the gap in the coming years. 

If they can't make a trade, they may sign a low risk free agent like Jeff Karstens or Brandon Webb, reports Troy Renck of the Denver Post. 

Karstens, 30, went 5-4 with a 3.97 ERA with the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. He had 66 K's to 15 BB last season but allowed eight home runs in 17 games. Keeping the ball on the ground is vital for success in Coors Field. 

'Jeff Karstens' photo (c) 2009, Jon Dawson - license:

Webb, 33, had the most devastating sinker in the game just four years ago with the Arizona Diamondbacks. After series of shoulder injuries and surgeries, Webb is attempting a comeback in 2013.  If Webb has anything resembling his former sinkerball he could be a good fit for Colorado

It is far fetched that the Rockies will pull off any dynamite signings or trades, especially without moving Tulo or CarGo. 

If the Rockies want to compete in the NL West they will need to bring in at least one quality starting arm. 


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