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Rockies and Reds discuss Huston Street-for-Edinson Volquez deal

Dec 6, 2011, 11:32 AM EST

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The Rockies might have less of a sense of urgency to get a deal done after acquiring Kevin Slowey from the Twins, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reported this morning that they have had discussions about a possible deal that would send Huston Street to the Reds for Edinson Volquez.

Street has a solid¬†3.50 ERA and 170/33 K/BB ratio in 167 innings over three seasons with Colorado, but he’s on the trading block now that Rafael Betancourt has established himself as the closer. The 28-year-old right-hander is due a reasonable $7.5 million salary in 2012 and his contract includes a $9 million mutual option or $500,000 buyout for 2013, so he makes sense for a lot of teams, even with a number of free agent closer-types available.¬†The Reds are currently on the market for a closer after declining Francisco Cordero‘s $12 million option in late-October.

As for Volquez, he’s coming off a nightmare season in which he posted a 5.71 ERA and 104/65 K/BB ratio over 108 2/3 innings at the big league level. Still, he’s barely two years removed from Tommy John surgery and is only due a slight raise over the $1.6 million he made in 2011, so he’s an ideal buy-low target for a number of clubs.

There’s a pretty large gap in the salaries of the two players, so Renck notes that the Rockies would likely have to sweeten the deal by covering some of Street’s contract and/or including a prospect.

  1. metalhead65 - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    hey walt what are you waiting for? get rid of this bum now while you can! stop using the tommy john surgery as a excuse for volquez,the guy sucks and always has. except for the first third of the season when the reds got him he has been terrible! what was his record and era before he had the surgery? he came back a year later with no control so they sent him to the minors and he came back before the end of the season and pitched 2 great games and earned a shot at the phillies in the playoffs. I never heard the tommy john excuse when he looked good but then he gets bombed and it was wait till next season. well next season came and he was given the opening day start even before spring training started,which he missed part of because he waited to long to get his visa. he then proceeds to turn down a big extention from the reds and then has one of the worst years ever! the guy is do a raise after the season he had? there is a reason the rangers wanted to get rid of him and it is on the back of his baseball card! invent all the stupid stats you want the guy SUCKS! make the trade now! can’t wait to see his era in coors field.

  2. brucewaynewins - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    I’ll take just about any deal that involves us getting rid of Volquez. If anyone is crazy enough to offer someone of value in return it’ll be one of Jocketty’s better moments as Reds GM.

    What’s funny is that he was given a lot of credit for putting this team together when he didn’t bring very many of the pieces in. Most of that was done by Krivsky and his predecessor.

    • tuloisgod - Dec 6, 2011 at 3:35 PM

      Oh, man, if you guys would take pretty please Ian Stewart off our hands, we’ll suck it up for Volquez. Thanks!

  3. stumblebum76 - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Volquez is good. He HAS to be good. Didn’t we trade the best player in the game for him?

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