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Thursday Rockpile:

Thomas Harding has done some digging on the failed Taveras for Redding swap, and implies that the health concerns that eighty-sixed the deal were with Rockies right-hander Juan Morillo, who was to be included in the Rockies package. Harding also has a pretty decent rundown of the status of various players including Franklin Morales and Glendon Rusch and says that the Rockies aren't going to make an offer to free agent pitcher Brad Penny.

Tracy Ringolsby's article this morning reinforces some of what Harding says, and paints a better picture of where there are expected springtime battles, left field between Seth Smith and Ian Stewart, fifth starter between a foursome of young pitchers and a veteran like Redding, in addition to Harding's mention of a couple of spots in the back of the bullpen (Glendon Rusch or Morales as long LHP's, Ryan Speier, Jason Grilli or Morillo for a RHP spot). The implication of the Rockies wanting a fifth outfielder who could play centerfield like Scott Podsednik is that Carlos Gonzalez might well start the season in AAA even without Taveras. Ringolsby says that the Mets asked for either Huston Street or Dexter Fowler(?!) for Aaron Heilman before shipping him off to Seattle as part of a massive three team trade with Cleveland.

Patrick Saunders and Troy Renck add that Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez is going to get some work in the DR starting this week, and that the team may be interested in adding reliever Luis Ayala to that bullpen scrum.

John Manuel at Baseball America backs up the word that Ringolsby gave early in the week that Corey Wimberly's getting some buzz as a Rule 5 candidate. Jonathan Mayo proposes Everth Cabrera, which I'd probably take personally, as Cabrera's one of my favorite prospects to watch.