Colorado Rockies trade rumors are starting to pick up steam as the team fades out West. Some Colorado Rockies trade rumors have included starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, but that isn’t the only player that might be available. As the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks pull away in the division, it becomes more and more likely that there could be several deals coming out of Denver very soon.
Tracy Ringolsby of Fox Sports noted that the most likely trade candidates include outfielder Ryan Spilborghs, set up man Rafael Betancourt, and close Huston Street. It’s a tad difficult to see how Spilborghs could be a difference maker for a team racing towards the postseason, but he is a very inexpensive option for teams needing a good pinch hitter. The relievers could be a much bigger “get” for any team needing to improve their bullpens.
Betancourt is under contract in 2012 for $4 million and Street has a $7.5 million deal for 2012. Both have buyout options that are cheap for the 2013 season, but could remain with their new teams if there is a nice fit. Street has converted 23-of-25 saves so far in 2011 and Betancourt has served as a very capable set up man for him in the eighth inning. If one team were to keep a close eye on this tandem, they could trade for both players and really deepen a bullpen.
Fox Sports also reported that scouts from the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles, and New York Yankees were all in attendance this past weekend. Maybe they are involved in the fever surrounding Ubaldo Jimenez, but some of these other players could turn into great assets as well.
Do you think it is time for the Colorado Rockies to rebuild? Which team could most use these relievers for the rest of the year?