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Thursday Rockpile: As Deadline Day arrives, Rockies look like they're standing pat

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With the trade deadline upon us, essentially all of the rumors about the Rockies center on who they will not trade, rather than who they will.

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Rockies' focus on short-term future at Trade Deadline - Rockies.com
According to Thomas Harding, the Rockies say they only want to make a deal at the deadline if it helps the team contend in 2015, with a focus on young, controllable pitching. He goes on to say the Rockies would have to be "blown away" by an offer to move any of their major pieces.

We also have this tweet from Patrick Saunders about the Rockies' disinclination to be sellers at the deadline:

Five GMs under pressure to make a deal - ESPN.com (Insider)
ESPN's Jim Bowden  has the Rockies' Bill Geivett at No. 3 on his list of GMs under pressure to deal at the deadline, but acknowledges that he is unlikely to do so.

Around MLB

Focus now is on Billy Beane and other GMs - ESPN.com
David Schoenfield takes a look at the few big stars on the trade market at the deadline, among them lefties Jon Lester and David Price, and the teams that may make a move for them.

Jon Lester Makes Sense for the Pirates - Fangraphs
Fangraphs' Jeff Sullivan details why the Pirates would be the ideal landing spot for Red Sox starter Jon Lester, who looks to be the most likely big name to move after being scratched from his start  for Boston last night.

The Cardinals Will be Good for Justin Masterson - Fangraphs
As for a trade that has already happened, Sullivan has a piece on why St. Louis is a good for recently acquired starter Justin Masterson, who went to the Cardinals from Cleveland yesterday.