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Rockies exploring veteran Tatis

Rockies exploring veteran Tatis

DENVER -- The Rockies had preliminary discussions earlier this week with veteran utility man Fernando Tatis, the player's agent said on Wednesday.

Gary Goodman said he had a discussion with Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd, and Tatis himself said he was intrigued with the club. Goodman said, however, that the Rockies are still formulating their plan for 2010. Tatis, 35, hit .282 with eight home runs and 48 RBIs in 125 games for the Mets last season.

The Rockies have looked at Tatis, Robb Quinlan and Melvin Mora as possible utility candidates. Although the club is looking at right-handed hitters who play multiple positions -- especially the infield and outfield corners, the Rockies also are in touch with left-handed-hitting first baseman Jason Giambi, who provided a punch late last season.

Also, pitchers Tim Redding and Miguel Batista have been mentioned publicly as possibilities, but the club is still in the deliberation stage in regard to the direction it will go with that position.

That's because free agency is not at the top of the Rockies' list of concerns. Three of their arbitration-eligible players -- right-handed relief pitchers Rafael Betancourt and Huston Street and infielder Clint Barmes -- are candidates for multiyear contracts. With clubs and arbitration-eligible players scheduled to exchange figures on Tuesday, that project has occupied the agenda.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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