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Atkins Doesn't Expect To Return To Rockies

Garrett Atkins tells Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post that he's enjoying his time in Colorado immensely - he just doesn't expect it to last beyond this year. Atkins knows that his offensive struggles likely mean his tenure with the Rockies will come to an end soon.

"Obviously, I don't think I've got too many more games in a Rockies uniform," Atkins said. "I'm just trying to enjoy it with these guys."

Ian Stewart has emerged as a cheaper alternative at third base, and there's no room for Atkins at first  because of Todd Helton. Atkins hit .226/.304/.341 this year with nine homers, while Stewart hit 25 homers and posted a .790 OPS.

Atkins made $7.05MM this year and the Rockies couldn't offer him less than $5.6MM in arbitration, so they'll presumably non-tender or trade him.

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