The Mariners made a formal offer to the Rockies for outfielder Drew Stubbs earlier in the week, according to Nick Groke of the Denver Post. Thomas Harding of MLB.com, who reported yesterday that the Rockies were willing to listen to offers for Stubbs, says that there are no ongoing talks involving the outfielder.
Stubbs, 29, once again finds himself in the middle of trade rumors after being dealt twice since December 2012. He has hit .297/.335/.498 with 10 home runs and 27 RBI in 82 games for the Rockies this season, and is drawing significant interest from the Mariners, who are looking for a right-handed outfield bat. Seattle has also expressed interest in Dayan Viciedo of the White Sox, Billy Butler of the Royals and Marlon Byrd of the Phillies in recent weeks.
Stubbs would likely come at a high price due to his strong performance this year and status as a team-controlled player for next season. If the Rockies were interested in moving him to Seattle, they would likely look for a young, controllable starting pitcher as the centerpiece of a return package.
In six major league seasons with the Reds (2009-2012), Indians (2013) and Rockies (2014), Stubbs is a lifetime .245/.313/.392 hitter with 79 home runs and 250 RBI in 714 games.