Atkins May Be Shopped For Pitching

Let’s take a look at Rockies first/third baseman Garrett Atkins.  Atkins turns 29 in December and is disappointed by his .287/.331/.451 line in 632 plate appearances this year.  His hitting away from Coors has been worrisome – .245/.305/.417 in 600 ABs the past two seasons.

The Rockies haven’t signed Atkins to a long-term deal, so he faces a possible $6.5-7MM arbitration reward for ’09.  He’s under team control through 2010.  Troy E. Renck writes of the "growing possibility" of a trade, with the Rockies aiming for frontline starting pitching. 

Plenty of teams will be looking for corner infield help this winter – possibilities include the Giants, Yankees, White Sox, Twins, Indians, A’s, and Dodgers.  But what if that road line holds up, and Atkins is basically a more expensive Kevin Millar?

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