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Fuentes' Price Shocks Mets

Free-agent closer Brian Fuentes is reportedly looking for a three-year deal worth $10 to $11 million annually, a price that has shocked the interested Mets.

Even though the price tag is a bit high, the Mets are reportedly still interested in the former Colorado closer.

New York general manager Omar Minaya contacted the agents for Francisco Rodriguez and Fuentes on Tuesday.

"Right now we're talking with the agents," Omar Minaya said Wednesday. "But we are getting a pretty good idea as far as what terms they're looking for. Once we get an idea of the terms they're looking for, we have a better idea what we think it's going to take to get these guys done - understanding that markets do change, and they fluctuate.

"Right now we're in the early stages. My understanding is a lot of clubs are reevaluating this market, more so because of the unfortunate financial strain that is going on not only in baseball but throughout the world."

Via New York Daily News


Atkins Drawing Interest From Twins, Angels And Phillies

Rockies third baseman Garrett Atkins has drawn interest from the Twins, Angels, and Phillies this month.

Colorado could look to turn Atkins into young prospects, especially after dealing Matt Holliday to Oakland for a similar package earlier this week.

The Reds and Indians have casual interest in Atkins, as well.

Via Rocky Mountain News


Oakland Excited About Addition Of Holliday

The Rockies and Athletics finalized the Matt Holliday trade on Wednesday, and Oakland is very pleased to have added a hitter of his caliber.

"We landed one of the biggest hitters out there," A's Manager Bob Geren said. "He's definitely a piece of the offense you can build around."

Traditionally, the A's trade All-Star players instead of acquiring them.

"We wanted a right-handed bat, and we got one," Oakland outfielder Jack Cust said. "It's usually the other way around -- giving away a bigger-name guy for guys who aren't as established. It's definitely exciting going into the season."

Via ESPN


Holliday Trade Means More Closers Enter Market

The Rockies acquired closer Huston Street from the Athletics in the trade involving Matt Holliday, which means another closer is expected to hit the market.

Colorado is not expected to re-sign Brian Fuentes and retain Street, so one will likely enter the market.

Cleveland GM Mark Shapiro, who is looking for a closer, said he was not aware of rumors that the Rockies might trade Street but added, "If there's a closer option out there, we will be involved."

In addition, Trevor Hoffman became available when the Padres retracted their offer of $4 million last week.

Via Cleveland Plain Dealer


Atkins Unsure If He's Next To Be Dealt

Rockies' third baseman Garrett Atkins isn't sure if he'll be the next player to be traded by the organization.

"My relatives and friends are always asking me," Atkins said. "I think they believe I have an inside scoop or talk with our GM or some other team's GM. That's not the case. I tell them I can read the paper, but that's the only scoop I have on anything."

Colorado traded All-Star outfielder Matt Holliday to Oakland earlier this week.

Atkins hasn't agreed to a multiyear contract that extends beyond his arbitration eligibility, and he has marketability based on his .298 career average.

Via MLB.com


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