Busy day for the Rockies, as they've made three deals in the last 24 hours or so, all involving players the Rangers were interested in.
Pitchers Joe Kennedy and Jay Witasick go to the Oakland A's for Eric Byrnes and Omar Quintanilla. Kennedy was a one-time hot prospect for the D-Rays, showing some promise as a 22-23 year old in 2001 and 2002 before cratering in 2003. He ended up in Colorado last season, had a great year as a starter for them, and then cratered again this year, posting an ERA over 7. Supposedly, the Rangers were after Kennedy. Personally, I think the best part of this trade is that I won't have to look at Eric Byrnes any more.
Rockies trade #2 was the consummation of the long-awaited Preston Wilson to Washington deal. The Rockies get Zach Day and J.J. Davis, plus a PTBNL, and will pick up a good chunk of Wilson's contract, apparently. The Rangers were supposedly after Wilson, although why, I don't know. Great deal for Colorado.
Rockies trade #3 is supposedly Shawn Chacon to the Yanks for "a minor-leaguer capable of contributing next season." Not sure who that might be...Sean Henn, perhaps. Chacon was a guy the Rangers have been rumored to be pursuing pretty much since John Hart got to Texas.
So anyway, the Rockies now look to be pretty much done from a trade perspective. Chacon, Kennedy and Wilson were the guys they were shopping, and now their cupboard is pretty much bare, from a seller standpoint.
And obviously, this makes it that much harder for the Rangers to add another piece going forward...