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?