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Report: The Rockies have checked in with the Rays about Jeff Niemann

Feb 23, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

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UPDATE: According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Dodgers have called the Rockies, among other teams, to gauge their interest in left-hander Chris Capuano.

12:10 PM: After finishing last in the majors in 2012 with a 5.22 ERA, the Rockies are asking around about potential upgrades for their starting rotation.

ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Rockies have checked in with the Rays about the availability of right-hander Jeff Niemann, among others. However, it doesn’t appear as though anything is imminent, as Olney notes that talks haven’t advanced.

Niemann made just eight starts with the Rays last season due to a fractured fibula and shoulder inflammation, but owns a 4.08 ERA over five seasons in the majors. The soon-to-be 30-year-old is owed $3 million this season and is under team control through 2014. If the Rays were to move him, it could open up a spot for Roberto Hernandez, Chris Archer or Jake Odorizzi in the starting rotation.

  1. raysfan1 - Feb 23, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Niemann straight up for Carlos Gonzales! (Hey, I’m allowed my deluded dreams, right?)

    • tuberippin - Feb 23, 2013 at 8:25 PM

      I dunno. They seem pretty set with Matt Joyce, Wil Myers, and Desmond Jennings in the OF, plus Zobrist’s ability to play LF/RF if necessary

      • raysfan1 - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:30 PM

        Was thinking more platooning the OF and DH as they still need someone who can hit lefties.

  2. againsville - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    I’d prefer Rosario, but wouldn’t complain about cargonz

  3. brianabbe - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Catcher wouldn’t be such an issue for the Rays had they taken Posey, the consensus top pick in ’08, instead of Beckham. Just think, they could be averaging 17,000 fans a night with a championship, instead of averaging 17,000 fans a night as a contender.

    • tuberippin - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      There’s no guarantee that Posey would have panned out in the manner he has out in San Francisco. Let’s not forget that Tampa is the team that drafted Josh Hamilton and got nothing out of it.

      • onermedboxer - Feb 24, 2013 at 6:22 PM

        Are you actually calling into question Tampa’s ability to develop talent?

      • tuberippin - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:22 PM

        No, but you’re actually misconstruing what I wrote. Calling Tampa’s farm system skills into question wasn’t my intention, but since you brought it up, I will play Devil’s (no pun intended) Advocate for a moment:

        – Reid Brignac
        – Elijah Dukes
        – The aforementioned debacle with Hamilton
        – Delmon Young
        – Tim Beckham at present
        – Dewon Brazelton
        – can make a case for Wade Townsend, though it was more injuries than anything with him.

        No ball club is infallible, nor immune to the frailties of the human character and physique. My point is that it’s not automatic that you can just place a talented player on any team and the production will remain the same. To believe such a notion is generally asinine.

  4. brianabbe - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    tuberippin – I’ll take an educated guess that a player who was drafted in June 2008 and made his MLB debut 15 months later is probably going to develop anywhere he plays. You may have an argument if the Giants made significant mechanical adjustments or changes in approach, but neither seems to be the case. Talent simply won the day, and that almost always plays anywhere.

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