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Cincinnati Reds interested in Garrett Atkins

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Troy Renck of the Denver Post is reporting that the Reds are talking to the Rockies about Garrett Atkins.

Atkins has clearly floundered with the Rockies this season, and may bring back relief help for the Rockies' ragtag bullpen.

A potential target coming back for the Rockies would be Nick Masset, and acquiring him would likely force the Rockies to eat some of Atkins' $3.4M remaining contract. David Weathers may also be a match.

Boston's interest in Atkins as an insurance policy for Mike Lowell is waning, Renck reports, as the Rockies would demand someone of the caliber of Manny Delcarmen in return.


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2009 - Garrett Atkins 68 232 25 52 7 0 6 25 25 34 0 0 .224 .300 .332

 


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Nick Masset 4-0 30 0 0 0 0 0 34.1 19 10 9 1 13 30 2.36 .93



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Manny Delcarmen 2-1 33 0 0 0 0 1 32.2 30 10 7 0 15 24 1.93 1.38


The Seattle Mariners and St. Louis Cardinals may remain a match for Atkins as well, with Renck suggesting Miguel Batista as a salary match for Colorado.

Miguel Batista is somewhat terrible, however, and I do not see how assuming his salary would help the club with anything.

Props to wolf213 for catching this before I did. Like minutes before, seriously.

 

--UPDATE--

 

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Rockies called the Reds to see if they were interested.

 

They were not.