While interest from other teams in right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez has claimed the attention in Colorado the more likely trade candidates are outfielder Ryan Spilborghs and right-handed reliever Rafael Betancourt. There also have been recent inquiries about closer Huston Street.
Betancourt and Spilborghs come with a smaller price tag than Jimenez, for whom the Rockies would want an impact package of players to deal.
Spilborghs is a versatile extra outfielder, capable of playing all three outfield positions, and with a successful track record as a pinch-hitter. A potential at the end of the season, Spilborghs has less than $1 million remaining on his 2011 contract.
Betancourt is an established eighth-inning reliever, but in addition to more than $1.5 million of salary remaining for this year he is guaranteed $4 million in 2012 with a $250,000 buyout for 2013.
Street isn’t the overpowering closer, but he has converted 23 of 25 opportunities this year, and in closer terms he is reasonably priced. He has less than $3.5 million of salary remaining this year, a $7.5 million guarantee for 2012, and a $500,000 buyout on an option for 2013.
With the non-waiver period trading deadline coming in two weeks, teams are actively evaluating potentially available talents. Among the clubs with scouts in attendance at the Rockies weekend series with Milwaukee were the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Arizona, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Texas, Detroit, Baltimore, and New York Yankees.
— Tracy Ringolsby