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July 25, 2008 at 12:13 pm ET
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RockPile Files: Latest Trade Talk, Thoughts and Things

The Rockies are reportedly are holding up the reliever trade market with their demands for Brian Fuentes [CBSSportsline]

Good for them. Just because the clowns in Washington gave away Jon Rauch for nothing (can’t Senate veto crap like that?) doesn’t mean Colorado should lower their price.

Tracy Ringolsby said it best this morning.

In the past couple of years, teams have done a solid job of getting their payrolls in order. As a result, there are no salary dumps of premium players on deck this July.

That has led to complaints from contenders that teams such as the Rockies and Pirates are asking too much in trade talks.

In reality, the Rockies and Pirates are asking for a quality return if they are going to give up a quality player because they don’t feel financial pressure to make the move.

If they’re serious about contending, St. Louis has to be the favorite to land Fuentes’ services. After watching their bullpen hand three games over to the Brewers, how could they not be prepared to up their offer? I guess we’ll see. And no, you don’t get Holliday with him.

The chances of Fuentes staying are obviously increasing by the day. At one point I would have said it was a 100% sure deal he’s traded. Now it’s probably closer to 63% he goes. The weekend series in Cincinnati will determine which way the wind shifts.

Tampa Bay, unwilling to part with any upper tier pitching prospects, is out of the mix in my opinion.

Bronson Arroyo

Speaking of the Reds, I’ll now address rumors of Colorado’s interest in Bronson Arroyo.

Huh? This doesn’t make any sense.

The Reds owe Arroyo $23 million over the next two seasons. Are the Reds willing to pick up a large enough chunk of his contract for this to work? Are we now saying Rockies’ management is ready to expand their payroll? Fuentes for Arroyo straight up? Doubtful to all of those.

Arroyo would be a good addition in that he’d eat some innings as the Rockies # 3 starter, I just don’t see it happening.

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— Desperate as they are, Colorado will not rush Jason Hirsh or Franklin Morales [Rockies.com]

No brainer here. Both have some mechnical and mental issues to sort out before the thought of either returning can be entertained.

— Woody Paige has more baseball thoughts. [Denver Post]

And they aren’t much more realistic than his thoughts on everything else.

— No-hitter in Asheville. [Rockies.com]

No-hitters are a big accomplishment at any level of professional baseball. Congratulations to Bruce Billings on his brilliant effort.

— I’ll be monitoring the trade talks as closely as possible throughout the weekend. If anything breaks, check back here for reaction. Let’s take of business in Cincy.

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