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MLB Hot Stove Rumors: Colorado Rockies In Pursuit Of Josh Willingham

The Colorado Rockies traded away closer Huston Street to the San Diego Padres earlier this week in an obvious salary dump, but the question still remained: who would they spend that money on?

Susan Slusser, who covers the Oakland Athletics for the San Francisco Chronicle, is reporting on Twitter that the Rockies are one of three likely candidates for outfielder Josh Willingham. The Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians are the other two main suitors.

Willingham, 32, would be an excellent addition for the Rockies outfield. The right hander hit 29 home runs last season while playing half of his games in the pitcher's paradise of Oakland Coliseum and has consistently been an above average bat for the past five seasons.

Earlier this offseason, Willingham reportedly wanted a three year contract.

If signed, Willingham would likely play right field and slide into the #5 spot of the lineup behind Troy Tulowitzki.  Willingham signing would also suggest that outfielder Seth Smith is likely to be moved this offseason.