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Saturday Rockpile: Garrett Atkins is officially a free agent today, Holliday gets an offer from the Cardinals, more

Rockies part ways with Atkins | News
The Rockies have officially non-tendered Garrett Atkins, as expected, and he is now a free agent. I'm sure he will draw plenty of interest on the open market, though he'll probably only receive a one-year deal with the club that eventually signs him. Atkins had a nice rookie season in 2005, leading the club with 89 RBI's and finishing fourth in the NL ROY voting. He then had his breakout year in '06, which saw him post a .965 OPS. However, it's been all downhill from there for Garrett, culminating in (by far) the worst season of his career in 2009. Perhaps the most disturbing thing about Atkins' decline is his walk rate, which has absolutely plummeted since walking more times than he struck out in 2006. It may be worth noting, however, that it was a bit better last year than in 2008.

GM: St. Louis Cardinals made offer to free agent Matt Holliday - ESPN
No details on the terms of the offer have been leaked at this point, but you'd have to think that the offer is better than what the Rockies threw on the table to try to keep in in Colorado. However, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch apparently has a source who says that is not the case.

Orioles, Mariners Interested In Jason Marquis: MLB Rumors -
Via Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports. Add those teams to the list that already included the Phillies, Mets, and Nationals.

Inside the Colorado Rockies " Sky Sox pitching coach resigns | Major League Baseball in Denver
According to Jack Etckin, Chuck Kniffin has stepped down from his post as Sky Sox pitching coach in order to attend to his elderly, ailing father. Etkin says the Rockies will probably replace him internally, as Bryan Harvey (Tulsa), Doug Linton (Modesto), and Dave Schuler (Asheville) are all candidates for the job.