The Colorado Rockies just finished up a 10 game home stand just last Sunday. The Rockies needed to go at least 7-3 to put themselves in contention for the NL West with the Dodgers. Unfortunately for the Rockies, they went a measly 5-5 while the Dodgers went 9-1. Now the Rockies find themselves 6.5 games back of the division. Because of their recent struggles, the Rockies are currently listening to offers for players per Rockies' beat writer Troy Renck.
Of the Rockies players that are being mentioned, relief pitcher Josh Outman leads the list for interest. Outman has a record of 2-0 with a 4.42 ERA. Despite the mediocre stats, Outman has been much better facing lefties, which is why getting the interest he has. It is said the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians are the biggest threats to land Outman at the moment.
The Rockies may also look to trade two veteran pitchers in reliever Matt Belisle and starter Roy Oswalt. Belisle has a mutual option at the end of the year for a salary of $4.25 million. If the Rockies do not intend to accept the option next year, they would be wise to move the reliever while they can get something for him. Roy Oswalt, who the Rockies picked up midseason, could see himself in a new team as well. Oswalt, who is 35-years-old, wants to chase a title. With the Rockies losing more and more each day, both sides may find it best to move the pitcher.
The biggest potential trading piece would be Rockies' closer Rafael Betancourt. However, Betancourt recently had to have an appendectomy and will not be able to pitch for at least two weeks. This makes it much more difficult to move the pitcher.
It still isn't clear what the Rockies plan to do, but with the trade deadline near, fans won't have to wait long.
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