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Are the Rockies preparing for a firesale?

Are the Rockies shopping Brad Hawpe?


This morning Craig Calcaterra wrote about Clint Hurdle potentially being on the way out in Colorado, but the Rockies' shakeup may go beyond firing the manager. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the team "appears headed for a selloff" that figures to include Brad Hawpe, Garrett Atkins, and perhaps even Todd Helton.

Of course, as I wrote about last week and as Rosenthal notes today, Atkins' trade value is bordering on non-existent at this point. Beyond that, Helton's full no-trade protection and the $40 million remaining on his contract likely overshadows his bounceback at the plate when it comes to trade value. In other words, aside from Hawpe, Aaron Cook, and Huston Steet the Rockies lack the veteran pieces to even hold a productive firesale.

All of which brings the story back to general manager Dan O'Dowd, who like Hurdle is in the final year of his contract. Hurdle has earned the firing by being 90 games under .500 as Rockies skipper, but O'Dowd is 114 games under .500 during his decade-long stint as GM and has one winning season in the last nine years. Get rid of all the managers and hold all the firesales you want, but there's no evidence that O'Dowd is capable of building a consistent winner.

Aside from the team's miraculous, out-of-nowhere run to the World Series in 2007, the Rockies are 605-736 (.451) with O'Dowd at the helm and have zero seasons with more than 82 wins. If the team is indeed headed for a expansive rebuilding effort, ownership ought to think long and hard about whether they want O'Dowd in charge of it.

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