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Sometimes I feel benches in the NL West are the equivalent to a certain segment of spouses in the 1970's: that if you don't like the one you have, you can generally exchange them for your neighbor's. We'll still be seeing a lot of Mark Sweeney and Tony Clark this season. Sweeney, I don't mind, but I was really hoping that Clark would somehow find his way to the AL, as he seems to kill us disproportionately to the rest of the division.

As expected, the Rockies came to terms with Garrett Atkins on a one year deal avoiding arbitration, and Troy Renck says to expect a similar announcement with Brad Hawpe today. Brian Fuentes still seems headed to a hearing on Thursday, so we'll probably have to interrupt Snakepit Day with an update on the outcome of that.

Greg Reynolds is healthy and ready to go. Jack Etkin goes into a lot of detail about his own and the team's expectations in 2008 for our 2006 first rounder. There's also a lot of good stuff on other pitchers in the upper minors here.

The city of Tucson is looking for ways to keep the Rockies at Hi Corbett Field for Spring Training. Since the White Sox have announced plans to leave to be closer to the action of most Cactus League clubs in the Phoenix area, the Rockies' future has been in doubt. Specifically at issue here is what can be done to renovate the field and bring it up to the standard of other facilities and the possibility is raised that the University of Arizona might be able to step in and help.

Update [2008-2-11 15:48:51 by Rox Girl]:

The Rocky Mountain News reports that Hawpe has also agreed to terms with the team.