CINCINNATI - JULY 22: Edinson Volquez #36 of the Cincinnati Reds throws a pitch during the game against the Washington Nationals at Great American Ball Park on July 22 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
It's amazing the rumors that come out this early in the day. For example, according to Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post, the Colorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds have discussed a deal involving Rockies reliever Huston Street for Reds starter Edinson Volquez. While it would fill holes for both teams - Rockies are looking for starters that can eat innings, Reds are looking for back-end relief help - the Reds would be taking on too much incoming salary.
"Problem is, the contracts don't match. Volquez made $1.625 million in arbitration last season and is in line for only a slight bump this winter. As such, the Rockies would have to sweeten the deal or eat some of Street's contract to accelerate talks."
Huston Street is owed $7.5 million in 2012, but also holds a $9 million mutual option with a $500K buyout. The Reds aren't looking to take on all that salary without salary relief or a prospect in the lower levels of the minors, Renck says.
Rockies fans: what would you do to sweeten the deal? Reds fans: do you even want Huston Street at this price?