The Rockies are determined to add a veteran pitcher and at least one more big bat. That slugger will either be an outfielder or third baseman. They will pursue the Twins' Michael Cuddyer if he becomes a free agent (Minnesota is bent on keeping him). Oakland's Josh Willingham is another option.

With apologies to Kevin Kouzmanoff's performance the last few days, third base has been a problem the entire season. Ian Stewart was hurt, didn't hit and now is hurt again, a wrist injury possibly ending his year. Ty Wigginton showed potential in June to be the everyday guy, but he has struggled to hit with runners in scoring position. He has lost time during every experiment this year, from Jose Lopez to Stewart to Chris Nelson to Kouzmanoff.

David Wright, as I wrote in my Sunday column, would be the perfect fit. But there's no indication yet that the Mets will trade Wright (it all depends on what happens with free agent Jose Reyes). The Cubs' Aramis Ramirez also could be a possibility if the Cubs don't exercise a $16 million club option.