Originally posted on All Things Rockies  |  Last updated 12/7/11
DALLAS — With money moved in the Huston Street deal, the Rockies have shifted their focus to landing a starting pitcher. Talks with the Reds for right-hander Edinson Volquez remain alive, according to a major league source. The teams have discussed a deal several times. Cincinnati has some interest in outfielder Seth Smith, but he might not be necessary to complete a deal. The Rockies have also increased their pursuit of free agent right hander Hiroki Kuroda, whom the Diamondbacks, Cubs and Red Sox all like. Convincing Kuroda to come to Denver won’t be easy. Even though the field has played more fair since the advent of the humidor in 2002, Kuroda has not pitched well at Coors Field. Volquez profiles as a rebound candidate. He spent part of the last season in Triple-A. He has plus off-speed pitches. Volquez won 17 games in 2008, making the all-star team. Another potential trade candidate is Atlanta’s Jair Jurrjens. He was among the NL’s best pitchers during the first half last seaso...
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