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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Rumor Mill: Colorado Rockies could make a strong push for David Wright trade this winter???

According to the Denver Post, The Rockies want to make a strong push for David Wright this off-season.

General manager Dan O'Dowd has targeted an innings-guzzling starter and impact bat as offseason priorities. The Rockies would love to add a right-handed slugger to protect cleanup hitter Troy Tulowitzki. That would allow the Rockies to drop Todd Helton to the sixth spot.

Wright can be that man, but the Mets don't intend on dealing the face of the franchise, especially with fellow star player Jose Reyes set to hit free agency.

Third basemen Ian Stewart, once heralded prospect - failed spectacularly, Ty Wigginton left such a sour taste in Colorado's mouth they want to deal him even it means eating money, and Jordan Pachecho isn't anyone's idea of a viable player even if he could succeed in a platoon.

The Rockies would certainly have to give up some of their starting pitching depth in any deal with the Mets, as GM Sandy Alderson is keying in on those positions.

Colorado could also theoretically ship Wigginton to New York as a temporary fill-in, and the team could also discuss top third-base prospect Nolan Arenado.

If Wright is a no-go, the team could revisit a trade for the Pirates' Pedro Alvarez or San Diego's Chase Headley, whom the club attempted to get earlier in the season. The Rockies would trade away Stewart in that case, although the team is loathe to part with Stewart at the nadir of his value. Still, the club is sufficiently frustrated enough with Stewart and his lack of preparation for 2011 to be ready to move on.

"He has to make baseball his first priority from the start of the winter until the end of it," Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd said. "If he's willing to do that, we are willing to give him another opportunity."

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