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Rumor: Rockies "are talking to the Cubs about Ryan Theriot"

Jul 28, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

According to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post the Rockies “are talking to the Cubs about Ryan Theriot.”
Armstrong notes that the Rockies “also are known to be targeting” Jorge Cantu of the Marlins and Kevin Gregg of the Blue Jays, but yesterday Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that Colorado was “quietly shopping” right-hander Aaron Cook.
In other words, the Rockies aren’t sure whether to be buyers or sellers right now.
Colorado’s pursuit of Theriot is interesting, because they already have a fairly similar second baseman in Clint Barmes. Theriot is 30 years old, Barmes is 31, and they’re both making around $3 million this season with raises to about $4-5 million expected via arbitration next year.
Barmes has hit .260/.308/.436 over the past three seasons, during which time Theriot has hit .292/.354/.354. Toss in Coors Field giving Barmes a boost and Theriot probably comes out looking like a better player, but the difference isn’t particularly big and certainly isn’t big enough to warrant the Rockies giving up something of significant value to make the upgrade.

  1. Fernando - Jul 28, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Craig – The Rockies seem to be shopping Cook to clear a spot for Chacin. Trading Cook won’t be easy, as I read his contract calls for a salary increase of $1M for each year should he get traded.

  2. Fernando - Jul 28, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    Sorry, I meant to say “Aaron”.

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