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Gauging the trade market for closers

Updated: July 19, 2008, 1:03 PM ET
The price tag that the Colorado has attached to closer Brian Fuentes is viewed by rival general managers as extremely high, and you can understand the rationale of general manager Dan O'Dowd, who is looking for pitching that could help the Rockies in the immediate future.

But there is something working against O'Dowd: There are two other closer/reliever types who are being dangled on the market, to varying degrees, and unlike Fuentes, Oakland's Huston Street and Baltimore's George Sherrill are not eligible for free agency after this season. So while Fuentes is a 10-week rental (with compensation draft picks attached if you deal for him; he is expected to be a Type A free agent), Street won't be eligible for free agency until after the 2010 season, and Sherrill won't be eligible until after 2011.

And while Fuentes (100 career saves) and Street (93) have more experience at closing than Sherrill (32), the Baltimore pitcher probably is the most coveted on the market right now because he's left-handed (lefties are hitting .163 against him) and because he's got the least service time.

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