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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Colorado Rockies' Trade Rumors

By David

With the trading deadline two months away, there are several teams in need of an extra bat or pitcher that will put them over the top.

The Denver Post reported Thursday that the Rockies' are willing to part with three of their best players: third baseman Garrett Atkins, first baseman Todd Helton and closer Brian Fuentes.

Atkins, 27, has been stuck in a slump throughout the first two months of the season, but would provide the Angels with the much needed power bat that they have been seeking for years. Even though he's batting .220 with three home runs and 19 RBI's, the UCLA graduate enjoyed a breakout season in 2006 hitting .329 with 29 homers, 120 runs batted in and 48 doubles.

At 21-27 and 12.5 games back of the AL East leading Boston Red Sox', the Yankees need all the help that they can get. Two Rockies', closer Brian Fuentes and veteran first baseman Todd Helton could be headed to the Bronx to right the sinking ship.

If the deal is completed between now and the end of July, beleaguered general manager Brian Cashman would be forced to trade away young talent and that's something I'd hate for him to do.

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