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Rockies rumors: Fowler, Cuddyer on the trading block?

Colorado could trade their outfielders for the starting pitching help they desire.

Dustin Bradford

The Colorado Rockies are willing to listen on trade offers for outfielders Dexter Fowler and Michael Cuddyer, reports Troy Renck of the Denver Post:

The Rockies' outfielders will continue to draw interest leading to and during the winter meetings. Dexter Fowler and Michael Cuddyer both will draw calls as free agents start coming off the board.

The Rockies listen when teams call on those two players but aren't aggressively shopping either.

The Rockies are on the hunt for pitching depth, and are reportedly willing to part with their position players in order to acquire it.

Fowler, 26, is probably the Rockies' best outfield trade chip, as he is under team control through the 2015 season. The switch-hitting center fielder put together his best season for Colorado in 2012, hitting .300/.389/.474 with a career-high thirteen home runs in one hundred forty-three games.

Renck adds on Twitter that if the Atlanta Braves come away as the winners in the pursuit of free-agent outfielder B.J. Upton, the market for Fowler could heat up quickly:

The 31-year-old Cuddyer may be a bit more difficult to move as the corner outfielder is owed $21 million over the next two years and is coming off his worst season in a decade.