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Colorado expected to be active at Winter Meetings

Posted Dec 03 2008 2:26am

Perhaps the most active general manager at the meetings, however, could be a man who has already been plenty active to date. Colorado Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd made the offseason's first and most significant splash when he dealt perennial MVP candidate Matt Holliday to the Athletics for Huston Street and two others. Yet O'Dowd seems far from satisfied. Published reports have linked Street to both the Mets and Yankees. And the Rockies, with Manuel Corpas ready to step in for free agent closer Brian Fuentes, have reason to consider flipping him.

Many of O'Dowd's other Vegas machinations may revolve around Garrett Atkins, a third baseman who could garner a package comparable to the one the Rockies received for Holliday. Though his numbers can't compare to those of Holliday, who has hit 95 home runs over the past three seasons, Atkins still has two seasons to play before he can file for free agency. In today's market, that makes him a valuable commodity.

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty confirmed last month that he had spoken with O'Dowd — and the Angels, Twins and Indians have all been linked to Atkins.

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