Originally posted on All Things Rockies  |  Last updated 12/7/11
DALLAS — For roughly four hours, Huston Street had two avenues open: Cincinnati and San Diego. In one deal, the Rockies were sending the closer to the Reds for starter Edinson Volquez and a minor-league prospect with the Rockies eating the bulk of Street’s contract. The other involved the Padres. With Cincinnati not prepared to sign off, and showing signs it might not moving forward, the Rockies shifted directions. Street became a Padre with the Rockies receiving a player following Thursday’s Rule 5 draft. The Rockies received $7 million in salary relief this season. They will owe $500,000 this year and $500,000 in 2013 if San Diego doesn’t exercise Street’s mutual option. This has created flexibility for the Rockies. How they use it will go a long way in fans’ eyes in determing the success of the move. The Rockies immediately contacted starter Hiroki Kuroda’s agent after the trade, again expressing serious interest in the right-hander. But Kuroda is a popular target. The Yankees ...
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