DENVER -- The Mariners, who are seeking a right-handed bat as they try to keep pace in the American League postseason race, have shown interest in Rockies outfielder Drew Stubbs. However, multiple Major League sources said Thursday the Rockies are not in active talks with any club about Stubbs.
FOX Sports reported that the Rockies were not sure if they wanted to give up Stubbs, who is having a strong year (.297, .335 OBP, 10 homers, 27 RBIs, 11 stolen bases). The sources told MLB.com that nothing is brewing regarding Stubbs, but things could heat up closer to next Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. The sources said the Rockies, who are 19 games below .500, are more apt to listen on Stubbs or any other player if the other club offers young pitching under club control.
Stubbs, 29, is making $4.1 million this year as a second-year arbitration player and has built his trade value because of spikes in his batting average and on-base percentage. The one concern opposing scouts have is the dramatic split between his numbers at home (.351/.379/.619) and on the road (.229/.277/.343).
The Rockies are believed to be listening on Stubbs, who is part of a deep outfield, veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins, who has improved as the year has progressed and is healthy and effective at age 41, and left-hander Jorge De La Rosa.
De La Rosa bears watching, since he has high value to the Rockies. He is 42-14 (.750) all time at Coors Field. Since 2008, only Zack Greinke at 57-16 (.781) -- which includes multiple home parks -- has a higher home winning percentage. If the Rockies don't deal De La Rosa, a free agent after this season, they're giving serious consideration to making a qualifying offer to either retain him or at least receive Draft-pick compensation if he were to leave. De La Rosa, 33, has expressed interest in re-signing with the Rockies.
As MLB.com reported earlier this month, the Rockies would need young pitching from the Orioles -- the team most heavily connected to De La Rosa -- to make a trade. The Rockies like Colorado high school product and young Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman, but he was considered off limits last year and the club has shown no interest in dealing him. Other O's Minor Leaguers the Rockies are interested in are lefty Tim Berry at Double-A Bowie, 2013 top pick Hunter Harvey at Class A Delmarva, and right-handers Mike Wright and Tyler Wilson at Triple-A Norfolk.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.