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Oakland Shows Interest In Kim As Starter

Oakland has shown some interest in Kim as a starting pitcher, but other teams, including Texas, Kansas City and Florida, have considered him as a possible reliever, and the move of him to the bullpen could give the Rockies the next 10 days to showcase him in that role in hopes of facilitating a trade.

Teams have been reluctant to seriously discuss Kim in a relief role, even though he was a closer for Arizona when it won the World Series in 2001, because Kim has complained about pitching out of the bullpen if he is not in a ninth-inning role. He no longer has a choice, at least not with the Rockies.

"He is going to have to find a way to move forward for the betterment of the team," Hurdle said. "We feel B.K. has the weapons to do that, and he also has a track record of (pitching relief)."

Via Rocky Mountain News

Three Teams Interested In Kim

They appear to be deciding between Byung-Hyun Kim and Josh Fogg for the fifth spot. That decision possibly hinges on whether they can trade Kim, who has created tepid interest from Oakland, Texas and Florida.

Via Rocky Mountain News

Rockies' Hurdle Names Cook Opening Day Starter

Aaron Cook looked like the Rockies' ace with 5 1-3 shutout innings Saturday in Colorado's 12-2 win over San Francisco.

And he won the job. Colorado manager Clint Hurdle announced after the game that Cook would start on opening day against Arizona on April 2.

"We have been tilted that way since early on. We were weighing between (Cook), Jeff (Francis) and Rodrigo (Lopez), just because (Lopez) has some experience doing it," Hurdle said.

Via Yahoo.com

Helton Talks Unlikely To Be Revived

Recent speculation has suggested that the Todd Helton-to-the-Red Sox talks could reopen before the season starts, but Rockies CEO Charlie Monfort rated the chances of that about the same as the chance a triceratops -- like Dinger, the Rockies' playful mascot -- will perform on Opening Day.

"That thing has gone the way of the dinosaur," Monfort said. "It is extinct."

The proposed deal dominated the Denver and Boston baseball scenes for a weekend during the winter when it became public that the teams were talking and Helton was willing to waive his no-trade clause. But negotiations broke off on Jan. 29, and the Rockies released a statement that there would be no further talks.

But during Spring Training, scouts and baseball officials have speculated from baseball scouts has been that the deal will be revisited, based on the Rockies' perceived need for payroll relief and the feeling that the Red Sox had some contracts to move.

Via MLB.com

Rockies Release Javy Lopez

Catcher Javy Lopez, who had been competing to make Colorado's opening-day roster, was released Monday by the Rockies.

Lopez, MVP of the 1996 NL championship series with Atlanta, had agreed in January to a $750,000, one-year contract that wasn't guaranteed. He will receive 30 days' termination pay: $122,951. Rockies spokesman Jay Alves said the team wanted to release Lopez early enough in spring training to give him an opportunity to catch on somewhere else. Lopez said last month he preferred not to become a DH in the AL.

Via AP

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