How has the Rockies' front office consistently misjudged demand for their own players, and mishandled the approach to trading them? All off-season the price was ridiculously high for Garrett Atkins (starter and prospect, or multiple (grade) A+ prospects) given last year's relatively poor showing, and according to Jayson Stark, now they are seeking a "quality young starter" in return for Jeff Baker.
I realize their are bargaining strategies, but when the team is repeatedly asking for a front-line starter in return for players who do not merit that kind of value - which applies to Baker, especially - it demonstrates that O'Dowd may have no bargaining skills, and the Jennings trade was sheer luck. Besides playing mediocre defense at a couple of positions other than first, what makes Baker any difference than the waivered Joe Koshanksy? Nothing, and, as a hitter, Koshansky has at least as good of a track record as Baker.
Instead of demanding a "quality young starter," which is, to say the least, unreasonable for a utility infielder, perhaps the front office should consider doing some scouting and asking for a decent minor league infielder who could solve the second base problem in a couple of years.