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Wednesday Rockpile: Winter Meetings, Day Three

While a Willy Taveras-for-Tim Redding swap is dead, a deal for Tim Redding could still happen, according to Troy Renck, if the right player is found. One guy discussed was:


Joe Koshansky

#47 / First Base / Colorado Rockies

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G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2008 - Joe Koshansky 18 38 5 8 3 0 3 8 1 17 0 0 .211 .250 .526

Joe Koshansky wouldn't be a terrible loss to acquire Tim Redding. It would likely take another player and Koshansky to get Redding, given that he's already been discussed and nothing's happened.

Koshansky, like Ryan Shealy before him, is blocked in his pursuit of playing time with the Rockies. The problem is amplified even more now for Koshansky with the Rockies having several players able to play first base: Todd Helton, Garrett Atkins, and Jeff Baker. And Brad Hawpe could always take over first base in a pinch, playing there for LSU.

Koshansky struck out in 45% of his at-bats (17 in 38) with the Rockies in 2008. His defense also left something to be desired.

Koshansky's at the bottom of the pecking order for time at first base, so he'll need to be moved somewhere else for a real chance at the majors. I'd place money on him being moved by the Rockies in 2009.

Also in Renck's article, Dan O'Dowd places Huston Street as the favorite for the closer's job, but has this to say about Manny Corpas:

"I think he came into camp heavy. And in spring, I don't think he worked on getting his main two pitches (fastball and slider) locked in," O'Dowd said. "He's going to have to come in a different frame of mind and better condition."

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And outside of baseball, Colorado Crush fans must be disheartened right now.