The Rockies and closer Huston Street are far apart in discussions for a contract extension, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. Olney says the Rockies will consider trading Street at the July deadline if an agreement can't be reached beforehand. Street is eligible for free agency after the 2010 season; he'll be just 27 in August.
Back in early October, Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post speculated "it would take a three-year deal in the range of $25 million to get discussions going" with Street. In a September article, Renck suggested Street is in line for "at least $7MM in 2010," as he's arbitration-eligible for the last time. If that's accurate, the Rockies would be paying $9MM per free agent year if they sign him at 3/25. Would Street be in line for a two-year, $18MM deal if he was a free agent this winter?