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Rockies trade rumors: Wilin Rosario deal being discussed with Rangers

The Rangers need right-handed pop, and a healthy Rosario certainly fits the bill. The question is, how much can he fetch in return?

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The Colorado Rockies continue to have discussions with the Texas Rangers regarding a potential trade involving catcher Wilin Rosarioaccording to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.

The Rockies entered the Winter Meetings with Rosario as their most likely candidate to be dealt. Interest among American League teams has been ongoing for at least the last week for the weak-fielding but offensively promising catcher. Trading Rosario might mean the Rockies have a deal in the works to acquire another catcher via trade or free agency, if Thomas Harding's report from earlier Tuesday still holds true.

It is unclear who the Rockies might be looking at in return for Rosario, who is projected to make $3.6 million next season, per MLB Trade Rumors. None of the Rangers' top prospects are off limits, general manager Jon Daniels recently said, but it's hard to believe Rosario would command that sort of player unless more players are added on the Rockies' side. Right-handed starters Alex Gonzalez and Jake Thompson are the top two pitching prospects in Texas' system.

Someone like Robbie Ross might be a fair return for Colorado. Ross struggled in the big leagues last year but posted a ground ball rate north of 55 percent and has a track record of success in the majors, albeit as a reliever. He did pitch pretty well upon being demoted to Triple-A and could be a decent upside play for the Rockies, who have done an admirable job with reclamation projects over the years.