MLB Hot Stove 2011: Rockies Interested In Rays, Marlins Pitchers?

The Colorado Rockies have been searching for starting rotation help lately, and that's caused them to turn their attention towards the Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. With the team discouraged by the asking prices for available pitchers like Houston's Wandy Rodriguez and Chicago's John Danks, the Rockies appear to be traveling to Florida in the hopes of finding a starter.

The big names to look at here are Anibal Sanchez and Ricky Nolasco from the Marlins and Jeff Niemann and Wade Davis from the Rays. Sanchez and Nolasco have statistically been better pitchers over their careers, but they've benefited from pitching in the NL East rather than the AL East. The Marlins could need to make room if they acquire an outside name like Mark Buehrle, while the Rays likely will be freeing up a rotation spot this summer for Matt Moore.

With an extremely young rotation that could include Jhoulys Chacin, Esmil Rogers, Alex White and Drew Pomeranz at some point next year, the Rockies are apparently hoping to add a veteran presence to their rotation. Jorge De La Rosa is currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, so they're not likely to have huge expectations for him early next year.

They're clearly not totally satisfied with the options they have in-house, although I wouldn't expect them to give up the farm months after trading away Ubaldo Jimenez in order to help rebuild it.

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