Rockies Notes: Carroll, Ellis, Prado, Cuddyer

The Rockies have expressed interest in free agent second baseman Jamey Carroll​, writes Troy Renck of The Denver Post.  The 37-year-old enjoyed his time in Colorado and has interest in a return.  However, the veteran might be too rich for the Rockies' blood.  Renck sees Carroll's market value as something around a two-year, $8MM deal, as established by the Marlins' Omar Infante.  Here's more from Renck..

  • The Rockies' unwillingness to go to that range could also preclude a return for Mark Ellis, which hasn't been ruled out.
  • The Braves will reportedly listen on Martin Prado and Renck wonders if Seth Smith would be enough to pry him away from Atlanta.  Prado should get about $4.4MM in arbitration and the Braves are in search of a corner bat.
  • With the Phillies aggressively pursuing Michael Cuddyer, the Rockies are a longshot to land the free agent. 
  • The Rockies have long been linked to David Wright but Renck doesn't see him as a likely acquisition either.  The Mets will listen on Wright but if they lose Jose Reyes this offseason, the third baseman will be needed as a draw for fans.
  • Veteran Kevin Youkilis makes a lot of sense for the Rockies there's mixed opinions on how available he is from AL sources.  The Red Sox​ are left-handed heavy, and Youkilis provides balance to their lineup.  Youkilis can play first or third, making him particularly valuable to the Rockies.
  • Pitching remains necessary for the Rockies and Wandy Rodriguez is still a trade target.  After the Rockies' organizational summit this week in Scottsdale, Arizona, activity will pick up with the focus narrowing on specific pitchers such as Rodriguez, Carl Pavano, Wade Davis, John Danks and Kevin Slowey.
  • As the Rockies explore moving closer Huston Street, the Blue Jays and Phillies represent possible matches.
  • You can expect the Pirates to pursue former Rockie shortstop Clint Barmes.
  • The Mariners could be a fit for 49-year-old Jamie Moyer as he attempts a comeback.


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