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Finding Tulo's replacement

Updated: June 19, 2010, 4:24 PM ET
By Buster Olney

Troy Tulowitzki has a broken wrist that will keep him out until August, and now the Rockies -- who have struggled for runs this season -- will have to play without their best position player. Imagine the Dodgers without Andre Ethier, or the Padres without Adrian Gonzalez; this is an enormous problem for the Rockies in the days ahead. Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd is going to explore trade options, writes Troy Renck.

Some possibilities (to be clear, what follows is speculation -- and it's unclear whether some of them represent upgrades over what the Rockies have):

1. Dan Uggla, Marlins: He would be expensive, but the Rockies could shift Clint Barmes to shortstop until Tulowitzki got back. And while Uggla is never going to be confused with Roberto Alomar on defense, you can always pencil him in for 30 homers and 90 RBIs.

"I'd love to have Uggla, because he'd give you power and some flexibility," one AL evaluator said. "The Marlins were trying to trade him during the offseason, so you know they're willing to talk about him -- and when Tulowitzki comes back, you would have the option of sticking Uggla at first base on some days."

2. Craig Counsell, Brewers.

3. Cesar Izturis and Julio Lugo, Orioles.

On the first night without Tulowitzki, it was Jason Hammel who stepped up, throwing 7 1/3 scoreless innings against the Brewers.

In Friday's column, I had an item about how Ubaldo Jimenez is holding up the Rockies. I asked Alex Stern of the Elias Sports Bureau to identify the biggest disparities in history between the winning percentage that one pitcher musters in the games he starts versus the winning percentage for the rest of the staff. Going into Friday's game, Jimenez's winning percentage was .526 higher than that of the rest of the staff.

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