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Negotiations continued Thursday between the Rockies and free-agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer. The Mariners, Phillies and a somewhat unexpected suitor, the Twins, are also in the mix. It’s not clear how quickly the Rockies or anyone else can come to an agreement.
Cuddyer has spent his entire Major League career with the Twins, who made him a three-year offer. It was believed that the Twins were no longer a possibility when outfielder Josh Willingham signed for three years and $21 million. But multiple reports said the Twins had not dropped out of the running.
The Rockies’ prime focus is Cuddyer. The team has expressed interest in six-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Beltran, but he is considered a longshot for the Rockies, mainly because of health concerns. Beltran has dealt with serious knee issues, including arthroscopic surgeries on both of them before the 2007 season and a further surgery on the right knee in 2010. The Mets had to be careful with his playing time early last season. Beltran put up strong numbers after being traded to the Giants for their lat-season run. However, the Giants have not signed him even though they have a need in the outfield.
Cody Ross remains a possibility to be signed to work in a tandem in left field with Seth Smith. If Cuddyer is signed, expect the Rockies to attempt to trade Smith to fill other holes.
The Rockies are trying to sign free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran, two Major League sources told MLB.com on Tuesday. The Rockies’ involvement with Beltran was first reported Tuesday by CBS Sports.
A six-time All-Star, Beltran is coming off a 2011 in which he hit a combined .300 with 22 home runs and 84 RBIs for the Giants and Mets. He hit .323 with seven homers and 18 RBIs in 44 games after the Giants acquired him for a late-season stretch run.
The switch-hitting Beltran, who turns 35 on April 24, is a career .283 hitter with a .361 on-base percentage, and has 302 home runs and 1,146 RBIs. In 25 career games at Coors Field, Beltran has hit .276 with six home runs, 24 RBIs, nine doubles and a triple. He has compiled an .880 OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) at Coors as well.
The Rockies’ search for an outfielder to bolster their lineup has led them to pursue free-agent Michael Cuddyer, who is considering a three-year offer with the Twins, the team with which he has spent his entire Major League career.
It is not clear when a decision from Beltran, who has fielded interest from the Cardinals and the Red Sox, or Cuddyer will come. The Rockies are looking at signing one outfielder to bolster the lineup. Cody Ross’ name has surfaced, but the Rockies are not pursuing him at this time. They are unlikely to do so until after looking at other possibilities. <p />
That outfielder, however, will not be Josh Willingham, whose name has been connected with the Rockies in recent days. Willingham’s agent, Matt Sosnick, said Willingham’s decision is down to three teams but the Rockies are not one of them, and Rockies sources say they have not been in on Willingham.
The Rockies currently have an outfield, with Seth Smith in left, Dexter Fowler in center and Carlos Gonzalez in right. However, the Rockies have been dangling Smith, a left-handed hitter with strong numbers against righty pitching, in trade talks in attempts to shore up other areas of the club.
Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitkzi left Sunday’s 3-2 victory over the Marlins before the top of the ninth inning because he suffered a strain of his left quadriceps in the same area of a complete quadricesp tendon tear that cost him 47 games last season.
Tulowitzki suffered the injury in the sixth while trying to change direction and reach for an errant throw from pitcher Aaron Cook, who had fielded Ross Gload’s groundball. Tulowitzki stayed in the game until the ninth, when he was pulled from the game after a discussion with head trainer Keith Dugger.
Clint Barmes replaced him and helped preserve the lead by fielding a Cody Gross grounder and starting a double play to erase pinch-runner Cameron Maybin, who entered the game after John Baker’s one-out double. Huston Street struck out Jeremy Hermida to end the game.
“I definitely wanted to be out there, but at the same time I was trying to be smart about it,” Tulowitzki said. “I thought that ‘Barmie’ was the best option. Everybody agreed. ‘Doogie’ said, ‘If you go out there, blow out and miss two months of the season, it doesn’t do the team any good.’ “
Manager Clint Hurdle said, “He probably might’ve been able to play through it. But if something crazy happens and he’s got to go make a play, and and that thing really is injured with the way he started to heat up at the plate, it wasn’t in our best interest.”
The Rockies are off Monday, but Tulowitzki will come to Coors Field for treatment, and he’ll possibly test the condition of the leg. From there, the club will determine whether he will miss time or how much he will miss.
“It’s the same thing as last year … I mean, it’s not obviously the same thing,” he said. “My leg is obviously a little weaker than the other one. It’s expected a little bit. But at the same time it’s more sore than normal.”
While the exact nature of the injury was not known Sunday, the Rockies know they must proceed with caution. Tulowitzki homered and went 2-for-3 Sunday, has had multiple hits in his last three games and is batting .326 (14-for-43) over his last 12 games to improve his batting average from .167 to .237.
“I feel real good up there,” he said. “I feel I’ve come a long way. I’ve been telling everybody I get off to a slow start every year and I’ll be OK. No one really wants to listen.
“It seems like I was still in a good place. I wasn’t down on myself. I still have a ways to go. I’m not happy with where I’m at. I want to get better each and every day, and I’m always working on things.”
The Rockies’ lineup is much like the field in an automobile race. It seems one or two need to pull in for a pit stop to correct some problem with his offensive game. Friday night it’s center fielder Dexter Fowler. Also, the repairs for third baseman Garrett Atkins are going to take another day. He sat also on Thursday.
Fowler has not stolen a base since his modern rookie record five-steal game on April 27. He has scored just two runs and struck out 14 times in his last nine games.
Left fielder Seth Smith becomes the first player other than Fowler or Ryan Spilborghs to bat leadoff. Smith is second on the club with 13 walks. Smith and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will bat ahead of Todd Helton (17 RBIs), Ryan Spilboghs (14 RBIs) and Brad Hawpe (18 RBIs).
“You’ve got the run producers at 3, 4 and 5, so I’m looking at somebody else to lead off who can get on base,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. “If you look at the on-base percentages (.426), his is as good as anybody we’ve got on the club.”
Here are the lineups:
Emilio Bonafacio 3B
Chris Coghlan 2B
Hanley Ramirez SS
Jorge Cantu 1B
John Baker C
Cody Ross RF
Jeremy Hermida LF
Alfredo Amezaga CF
Ricky Nolasco P
Seth Smith LF
Troy Tulowitzki SS
Todd Helton 1B
Ryan Spilborghs CF
Brad Hawpe RF
Chris Iannetta C
Ian Stewart 3B
Clint Barmes 2B
Jason Hammel P