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Rockies Inquired On White Sox Starters

In June, the main trade buzz around the Rockies was that they had interest in Octavio Dotel.  Today, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune added some intriguing names also on Colorado's wish list: Mark Buehrle, Jose Contreras, and Jon Garland.  Obviously Buehrle is off limits now.

It wasn't too long ago that Dan O'Dowd expressed his interest in adding a White Sox hurler.  Apparently talks stalled when Kenny Williams wanted southpaw starter Franklin Morales or third baseman Ian Stewart from the Rox.  Morales has frontline stuff and is trying to hone his control at Double A Tulsa.  He missed some time in May with a strained hamstring, but recovered and made the Futures Game.  Stewart, playing at Triple A, made the team as well.  He started off slow in the power department but smacked seven home runs in June.  The Rockies may have a longjam soon with both Stewart and Garrett Atkins at the hot corner. 

Garland would be a useful addition for Colorado.  I imagine Williams would only trade Garland if O'Dowd gave in on Morales or Stewart.  Maybe the teams could agree on Contreras for Ubaldo Jimenez instead.  Jimenez has a lot of talent but has shown poor control for most of his minor league career, especially in '07.  Such a swap still seems advantageous to Chicago but I could imagine Williams asking for Jimenez.  Pitching coach Don Cooper has a knack for fixing control problems.


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Wow, imagine before the season started if someone told you at the deadline the White Sox might be selling to the Rockies. Good for the Rockies. They have a solid young team.

Heh, I agree^

Great story with the rockies.

I don't understand why they don't have interest in Vasquez. I'd prefer her over Garland any day.

and it would seem realistic to me to maybe move Atkins over to 1st to make room for Stewart and use Helton as bait to get a young SP or 2 to put behind Francis.

Helton couldn't get Manny Delcarmen, I wouldn't expect anything good at all for him if he's somehow traded.

I believe Vazquez has a no trade clause to all the western teams since he wants to stay closer to his family. But I think we could really use Jon Garland; and frankly, we're going to have a TON of log jams in the near future at basically every position. Something's gotta give.

If the Sox can get anything at all for Contreras, where do I sign? He's been complete and total trash since the middle of last season and at his age, I don't see his stuff coming back. 70 year old pitchers don't usually regain their ability to pitch. ;)

Trade him for some used batting helmets and move on. Use the money you'd be paying him and upgrade the outfield, bullpen and/or shortstop slots.

I could see Garland going to the Dodgers,now that Randy Wolf is gone for a while.

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