Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post mentioned today that the Rockies have inquired about Royals’ closer Octavio Dotel. This confirms Ken Rosenthal’s report from Friday. Rosenthal had also mentioned that the Indians were looking into Dotel.
The Rockies’ interest in a rental reliever like Dotel indicates to me that they won’t be trading Brian Fuentes this year. Renck spoke of that possibility today in his mailbag, noting that the Phillies, Red Sox, and Yankees have interest in Fuentes if the Rox make him available. The Rockies are 5.5 games out of the divison lead and 4.5 games out of the Wild Card. It would be exciting to see them as buyers at the deadline.