Rockies to trade for a RH reliever today…Capps?

UPDATE 3:49 PM: The Rockies acquired Rafael Betancourt from the Indians. The good news is that it doesn’t look like Eric Young Jr. is a part of the deal, so he’s still an option for us, although I’m not sure what the Rockies would want for him at this point.

Purely speculation at this point, but a MLB.com report says that the Rockies will make a trade for a right handed reliever today.

The Rockies have been said to be interested in Matt Capps. Pittsburgh has been said to “covet” Rockies AAA second baseman Eric Young Jr. The Rockies also recently lost Manny Corpas to an injury, which means they’re looking for help at the back end of the bullpen.

MLB Trade Rumors did a post with some possible relief pitching trade candidates. Of that list, I’d say Capps and George Sherrill have the best chances of getting traded today, as far as right handers go. (UPDATE: As someone who avoids Sherrill on his fantasy teams, I didn’t realize he’s a lefty…just assumed he was right handed because LHP don’t normally close).

I’d probably put the odds of a trade happening at around 10%, simply because all we know is that the Rockies will make a trade, and the only thing to suggest it’s the Pirates would be previous rumors that say the Rockies are interested in Capps. I’ll update this post when more information is available, or if it ends up being a right handed reliever from another team.

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