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Denver Post: Rockies have about $9 million to spend

While the Colorado Rockies have insisted that team stars Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez will not be traded, a story in the Denver Post suggests that the club -- which has finished in last place in the National League West the last two seasons -- has about $9 million to spend this off-season.

Colorado was fifth in the National League in 2013 with 4.31 runs scored per game. But the Rockies ranked dead last in the Senior Circuit in earned run average.

Sadly, while $9 million is a lot of money for those of us who work for a living, in the world of Major League Baseball economics, it doesn't add up to much. In 2013 that amount of money would have barely covered the cost of adding Jake Westbrook as a free agent.

I guess it's up to them if the Rockies front office thinks it's best to keep a couple of flashy players who have led the team to 64 wins in 2012 and 74 wins last season. But I don't see how they're going to improve their team -- and put a product on the field that more people want to watch to improve their revenue stream -- without trading at least one of their stars.

While the St. Louis Cardinals have a surplus of young, controllable starters, it seems that the Rockies have decided that they refuse to deal with the team that could help them the most.