UPDATE, 11-30-07 at 11am: Troy E. Renck spoke to Dan O’Dowd, who indicates the Rox are not close on Redman or Trachsel. They like that pair, but Brett Tomko and Jason Jennings continue to catch O’Dowd’s eye.
FROM 11-29-07 at 2pm:
According to Tracy Ringolsby, the Rockies already have their 2008 rotation picked out: Aaron Cook, Jeff Francis, Ubaldo Jimenez, Franklin Morales, and Jason Hirsh. Of course, counting on each to make 30 starts would be folly. With that in mind, Dan O’Dowd is looking for some veteran filler. Specifically, he’s trying to sign Mark Redman and Steve Trachsel. Trachsel in particular would like to become a Rockie.
Trax is 37; he pitched 159 innings over 29 starts in 2007. He’s always working out of a jam, given the amount of baserunners he puts on. And he definitely pitches to contact. Whenever a pitcher walks more than he whiffs, that’s not good. The Cubs deemed him to be worth less than $4.75MM, declining his ’08 option for that amount. I’m thinking one year, $3MM.
Redman will be 34 in January. At one point he could almost be called an innings-eater, but the lefty doesn’t appear to have much left in the tank.