Colorado Rockies Trade Rumors 2011: Blake DeWitt Targeted In Trade With Chicago Cubs

The Colorado Rockies continue to pursue offseason deals to remake a roster that failed to live up to its potential during the 2011 season, The Rockies want to move Ian Stewart, a player who has gone back-and-forth from inconsistent to struggling since he made his debut in 2007, the team has offered him to the Chicago Cubs for Blake DeWitt, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post.

It appears that the Cubs are not too interested in making the deal, as Renck writes that discussion between the two teams has "cooled." And the Rockies supposedly also want a pitcher in a trade that involves Stewart, which might be too much of an asking price if the Rockies want two players from a given team.

DeWitt plays second and third base, both positions of need for the Rockies, and hit .265/.305/.413 in 121 games. He hit five home runs and drove in 26 runs. His 0.2 Wins Above Replacement (FanGraphs, fWAR) shows that he was barely better than a replacement player, though he was barely a starter in 2011. He would definitely be a bench player for the Rockies -- until Jim Tracy decides he'd be great as an everyday starter.

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