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Sunday Rockpile: Cuddyer makes sense for Rockies, also Dick Monfort speaks out about Ubaldo trade

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Second base remains an ongoing issue for the Rockies, Chris Nelson is the latest to try and solve it.
Second base remains an ongoing issue for the Rockies, Chris Nelson is the latest to try and solve it.

Juan Nicasio's career placed on hold - The first goal, of course, is that Nicasio heals from his neck injury and can live the rest of his life well. Once that's likely, then we could start talking about baseball.

Ty Wigginton HR's in win, a rare occurrence in 2011, the Rockies had lost nine straight games in which Wigginton homered. There's also a note on Dexter Fowler's triple.

Troy Renck gets on board with a potential FA target I've been advocating for the last couple of weeks: Minnesota's Michael Cuddyer. I have no idea if Cuddyer intends to test free agency, but he certainly makes a lot of sense for the Rockies. Renck goes over most of the reasoning behind this in his column today. Basically, he's everything that Rockies management wants Wigginton to be, only a couple of grades better and consistently starting worthy.

The Greeley Tribune has a Q and A with Rockies owner Dick Monfort touching on the Jimenez trade and the organization's plans to stay competitive in its wake. He confirms that the Rockies refused the Yankees request for a physical on Jimenez, and says it was more a timing issue. The Rockies starting Ubaldo on Saturday night stands out as a bigger mistake, as Cleveland did get trigger shy with his erratic pitching that night (not to mention angry for losing a start of his.)

Monfort also brings up a Chris Carpenter and Vernon Wells for Pedro Astacio trade he never made, which possibly fueled the decision to go ahead and move Jimenez.