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Rockies Turn Down Jed Lowrie For Chris Iannetta

Peter Gammons tweeted yesterday that the Rockies turned down a proposed Lowrie-for-Iannetta deal:

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Rockies not shopping Ianetta, who can play some 1B if Helton doesn't come back. Turned down Lowrie-Ianetta from Red Sox

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Let's think about this for a second. Boston has both Victor Martinez and Jason Varitek on the the disabled list, both of who have a month or more to go before returning to the lineup. The Rockies have Miguel Olivo entrenched as the starter, which makes Chris Iannetta expendable (or so the reasoning goes).

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Enter the mind of a Boston FO guy: "Hey, let's see if we can offer Jed Lowrie to the Rockies for Chris Iannetta!" Guy runs to tell people and it works its way up to Theo Epstein. "Brilliant! Lowrie just came off the 60-Day DL, and the Rockies do need a second baseman. They can't win the World Series with a platoon of Barmes, Herrera, and the occasional MelMo." Dan O'Dowd receives a call: "Hey, Lowrie for Iannetta, deal?" A pause. "Nah. Chris is more valuable to us than getting a second baseman. Chris can play third and catcher and eventually first. Besides, I don't like making deals with Boston."

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All right, it didn't go just like that, but CDI's versatility outweighs an supposed upgrade at second with Lowrite, who's does little to make anyone wish this deal had been consummated.

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