O’Dowd Quells Hawpe Rumors

Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd is snuffing out rumors that the Rockies would trade Brad Hawpe if the price is right, according to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. Saunders writes,

"'I don't know where any of that came from,' O'Dowd said. 'I don't foresee us doing anything with him. That's something you would only do strategically, for the big picture. That would be something for the offseason, if at all.' … Before the Rockies sizzled their way back into wild-card contention, there was plenty of speculation around baseball that the Rockies would begin unloading players in July. That's no longer the case."

The Rockies have six weeks to evaluate their competitive chances before the non-waiver trade deadline. Baseball Prospectus gives the Rockies a 27.5% chance of making the playoffs. Hawpe said he would void his $10MM 2011 club option and become a free agent if he's dealt.

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