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Saturday Rockpile: Baker a trade candidate?; Atkins taking it slow; Spilborghs will miss this weekend's games; more.

Several people - from the Cowboy to Troy E. Renck to Jayson Stark - believe that Jeff Baker could be headed toward the trading block sometime in the near future. Renck mentioned the Yankees and Astros as possible suitors for the 28 year old utility man. Baker, a lifetime .262/.319/.468 hitter, has shown flashes of brilliance at times during his four seasons in the big leagues, but has never really had enough consistent at bats to showcase his true worth. He is part of the corner IF/OF logjam that the Rockies are dealing with at the moment, and it might be a good move to trade him if they can get some decent value in return.

Garrett Atkins is taking it easy in trying to return from a groin injury he suffered while ironically doing agility drills. The latest setback is already the second for Atkins this spring, joining Brad Hawpe and his flared-up hammy as multiple injury offenders. There currently is no timetable for Atty's return, while Hawpe should only miss a day or two.

Ryan Spilborghs will miss this weekend's slate of games to attend the funeral of his late mother, Essie. According to the piece in the Denver Post, Spilborghs has "maintained a remarkable energy and attitude." I for one am not surprised; Spilly is a guy who truly has his head on straight (as already witnessed the past two years by the fact that he has been so solid coming off the bench and in pinch hit situations), and is able to separate grief from play, as the article states.

Jack Etkin says the Rockies signed a couple of castoffs in Damian Moss and Tomas Perez last week, one of which (Perez) made his Cactus League debut yesterday, going 0-2 with an RBI.