Rockies Trading Street, Smith & Stewart?

by Ben Cook on December 6, 2011

The Colorado Rockies are reportedly exploring their options and are actively considering trading Huston Street, Seth Smith and Ian Stewart.

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Street is due $7.5 million for the 2012 year and has a club option for $9 million in 2013 that can be bought out for $500k.

According to Troy Renk of the Denver Post, the Rockies would likely seek a starter from the Orioles in exchange for Street who had 29 saves last year.

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Rumors have been swirling around Seth Smith for several days now. The Braves reportedly have interest and the Rockies would jump at the chance to acquire Martin Prado but balked when Atlanta asked for a top prospect as well.

The Seattle Mariners have reportedly reached out to the Rockies to gauge their interest on Chone Figgins in a deal for Smith as well.

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Figgins is due $17 million over the next two years and has a $9 million vesting option for 2014. One would expect the Rockies to require Seattle to pick up a large portion of that contract before any deal could be brokered.

And last but not least, it seems the Rockies are also exploring trade options for Ian Stewart.

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The Detroit Tigers have also “checked in” on Stewart but their interest doesn’t seem to be all that serious at this point. The young third baseman is facing arbitration and put up disappointing numbers last season batting just .156 in 122 at bats.

The Cubs will lose Aramis Ramirez to free agency and could view Stewart as their first step in rebuilding under Theo Epstein. It’s not clear what the Rockies would seek in return for Stewart but it’s clear they’re looking to shake things up.

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