The Rockies decided to cut ties with third baseman Garrett Atkins after weeks of trying to move the .289 career hitter.
Atkins lost his spot to young up-and-comer Ian Stewart, and had the opportunity to contend to take over at first base, but a disappointing .226 average reduced his time significantly.
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While teams are interested, sources say the teams that are pursuing him will only have him on "their own terms." Atkins is just a .252 career hitter on the road, so teams may be hesitant when looking at him.
The Twins, Orioles, and Red Sox are interested in the third baseman, who can now sign with any team. While the Mariners have signed Chone Figgins, sources say they are exploring the possibility of bringing in another third baseman, moving Figgins to second, and sliding Jose Lopez over to first.
He went on to say, however, that that would only happen if the team fails to sign free agent first baseman Russell Branyan.