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Trade Talks Continue

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Via the Rocky Mountain News:

The Rockies have offered outfielder Larry Bigbie in trade talks with Cleveland, for Josh Bard, and Seattle, for Yorvit Torrealba, a source said, but neither side showed initial interest.
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Seattle indicated it wanted a starting pitcher, an area where the Rockies do not have a surplus.

As far as I can tell, there are two ways to take this:

  1. The Mariners' offseason priority list reads "fix the rotation, then fix everything else."
  2. The Mariners are looking to make a bigger splash in left field than Larry Bigbie.
I wouldn't really blame them for either. I think a factor that may be coming into play here is that this is an uncertain market environment, and that the Mariners aren't guaranteed to find everything they need in an overpriced, limited available player pool. So, while they have a potential in-house solution to the left field issue - albeit not a real good one - (Morse, Choo), they still need to add two or three starters, guys they just don't have in the organization. You're not going to get much of a starter in return for Yorvit friggin' Torrealba, but an arm's an arm, and in the worst-case scenario, you're probably better off going with that guy than you would be throwing an underdeveloped minor leaguer to the wolves.

I could be wrong. Certainly wouldn't be the first time. But, man, this team really needs to build a rotation, so they might as well find out how much they can get for Torrealba before settling for someone like Bigbie.